Seven people aboard a commercial bus alleged to be traveling from Zamfara State, yesterday died in a traffic accident along the Ilesa/Osu Expressway.
In an interview with our journalist, Amitolu Shittu, the Osun Field Commander of Amotekun Corps, stated his soldiers were the first responders at the accident scene.
According to Shittu, the driver of the bus traveling from Zamfara State to Osun lost control, collided with a billboard, and burst into flames.
According to him, men from the Federal Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps eventually joined his colleagues on the road patrol and saved some of the passengers.
He said, “The passenger bus was travelling from Zamfara State and it got burnt in the early hours of Tuesday in Ilesha. We were on patrol in Ilesha around 3.45 am when the incident occurred.
“The vehicle was on top speed when the driver lost control and it veered off the road and hit a billboard. It is an 18-passenger bus. Some of the occupants were burnt beyond recognition.”
Paul Okpe, the Osun FRSC Sector Commander, stated seven people died in the tragedy, with four of them being burned beyond recognition.
In the state where the accident happened, Okpe bemoaned the high prevalence of contempt for traffic laws along the Gbongan/Owena route.
He said, “A Toyota Hiace 18-passenger bus was involved in the accident and seven people died. Four of them burnt beyond recognition. There is more road violation along that road.
“That is our major challenge in Osun, between Gbongan and Owena. Also, everybody has the right to travel in the night, but we are just advising against it, because night comes with a lot of challenges.”