Sallah Tragedy: Eight Killed in Akure-Owo Road Crash – [See More]
At least eight persons travelling for the Eid- El- Kabir
celebration lost their lives in an auto crash along Akure/
Owo expressway, in Ondo State.
Three others sustained various degrees of injuries in the
crash which occurred on Friday evening.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the deceased were
travelling in a Toyota Sienna vehicle marked Anambra
ABN 214, which was heading to Abuja.
It was learnt that the vehicle, after overtaking
dangerously, had a head -on collision with a truck
marked Lagos LND 426 XC coming from the opposite
An eye witness said six of the nine passengers in the
Sienna died on the spot.
Two others reportedly died on their way to hospital
after they were rescued.
Three other victims including passengers of the truck
who were injured were last night, receiving treatment at
the Federal Medical Centre(FMC), Owo.
Timely arrival of officers of the Federal Road Safety
Corps(FRSC) and policemen at the scene of the crash
saved the situation as those still alive were rescued.
The Sienna was said to have been forcefully removed
from under the truck by the FRSC officials and
They had to use cutlasses and other instruments to cut
open the bus before the victims were removed.
The spokesman for Ondo State Police Command, Wole
Ogodo, confirmed the crash.
Ogodo said that the accident occurred on Friday
adding, that the three survivors were responding to
The police spokesman said that the driver of the truck
escaped from the scene immediately the crash occurred.
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