6 children, 8 adults perish in Osun road accident

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Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

Not more than 14 including six children have reportedly died in a road accident in Osun State on Saturday evening.

In a statement issued Sunday morning by Agnes Ogungbemi, the command’s spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, the accident occurred on Ipetu-Ijesa – Ilesa Highway.

Mrs Ogungbemi explained that the accident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. at the powerline area, killing four males, four females and six children, reports News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She said the children were two females and four males, adding that a total of 14 people died in the accident, involving 18 passengers.

The sector commander explained that four males, who survived the accident, were rushed to a nearby hospital.

“The 14 corpses have been deposited in a morgue, and the road cleared to avoid gridlock on the highway,” Okpe said.

He said that an articulated vehicle ( Howo-Sinotruck) with number plate BAU 171 ZE collided with a Toyota Sienna (Gold Color) with number plate KRD 842 GY.

According to him, we received a distressed call at about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday evening about an accident on Ipetu-Ijesa – Ilesa Highway, involving two vehicles.

“Our men arrived at the location at 5:50 p.m and met dead bodies at the scene, which we have taken to the nearest morgue at the Wesley Hospital in Ilesa,” Okpe said.

The sector commander said that the accident occurred due to disobedience to road safety ordinance by motorists.

Mr Okpe, however, cautioned road users to be safety conscious while embarking on a long journey.

According to him, safety is a shared responsibility, which must all be embraced, and not left in the hands of the safety officers alone.

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