Eid-el-Kabir Tragedy: 10 perish in Kwara auto crash

1 dead, 5 injured in road accident along Kubwa-Abuja Expressway

Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

Not more than 10 people were confirmed dead on Tuesday in an accident in Kwara State.

Jonathan Owoade, commander, Kwara Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed to the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN), that the victims perished in a lone crash on Oko Olowo/Oloru road at Iyemoja, on the outskirts of Ilorin, the state capital.

He said the accident involved a black commercial Toyota Hiace bus with vehicle registration number LND 742 XK.

Owoade stated that the crash was a result of a speed violation.

“The Olooru Unit Command of the FRSC received a call at around 3:50 pm today about a crash which occurred at Iyemoja on Oko Olowo-Olooru road axis,” he said.

“The crash was a lone fatal one involving a black commercial Toyota Hiace bus with vehicle registration number LND 742XK.

“18 persons were involved and unfortunately 10 of them lost their lives and eight other persons injured.

The sector commander said the rescue team of the FRSC took the injured persons to Ayo Hospital Okolowo and the General Hospital Ilorin, while the corpses have been deposited at the morgue in the general hospital.

He noted that the obstruction caused by the crash has been cleared with the assistance of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Owoade warned motorists against violating road safety guidelines, adding that the resultant effect of over-speeding is terrible road accidents.

He advised road users, especially travellers to take caution and exercise patience while on the road.

“Slow and steady wins the race. The prayer of every traveller is to reach their destination, it does not matter how long it takes.

“Speed violation, fatigue driving and disrespect for traffic rules can cut such expectations short.

“May we not die untimely by our own hands,” the sector commander stated.


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