Tragedy And Calamity In Ife, Osun State As 16 Burnt To Death Following A Collision Of Tanker With A Commercial Bus
No fewer than sixteen people were burnt to death on Sunday in a fatal accident in Ife-Ife, Osun State, when an 18-seater passenger Totoya Hiase bus lost control and collided with a diesel laden tanker, according to the Nation report.
According to eye witness account, the accident that happened around 12 noon occurred when the driver of the ill-fated bus, who reportedly was on top speed rammed into the tanker, making a U-turn along Ibadan road.
The bus marked (LAGOS) MUS 702 XH caught fire on the spot and trapped its occupants, who reportedly made frantic effort to escape to no avail.
The bus was said to be coming from Ore in Ondo State and heading to Ibadan when the incident occurred.
Our correspondent, who was at the scene of the crash, counted thirteen bodies of the victims, including three children, lying on bare floor in front of a filling station, the Energy Petrol Station, apart from three already evacuated by the medical team from the Seventh Day Adventist for immediate attention.
Sympathizers attempted to assist the victims before the arrival of the men Fire Service at the scene.
Two eye witnesses, Oladele Mutiu and Gbenga Oluwole, who narrated the gory scene, said axes were used to help out the victims, who they said were pressed down by heavy loads and used vehicles’ engines.
The eye witnesses linked the crash to over speeding by the driver of the bus.