No fewer than 13 police recruits were burnt to death while six others were critically injured in an auto accident on Sunday in Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
The newly posted recruits were said to be on their way to Nassarawa State when the accident occurred at about 10 a.m.
The accident occurred on the Omu-Aran-Ilofa road at the same spot where a commercial motorcyclist died in an auto accident in December 2012.
An unspecified number of women were among the dead in the accident involving an 18-seater bus and a Mercedes Benz 190 model.
Most of the occupants of the bus, which took off from Ilorin, were said to be of Kwara origin and had just finished their police training.
They were said to be on an exchange posting to Nassarawa State.
According to a witness, the Mercedes Benz car marked AC 345 DKA was heading toward Omu-Aran before it had a head-on collision with the bus close to the Federal Government College.
The number plate of the bus was squeezed to pulp following the impact of the accident making identification impossible.
Another witness and an auto mechanic, Adekunle Azeez, said that the driver of the car, who was critically injured, had lost grip of the steering wheel and rammed into the bus.
“The car was on top speed on its way toward Omu-Aran and I think the driver lost grip of the steering wheel and swerved before ramming into the bus.
“The bus immediately caught fire,” he said.
The 13 corpses, which were burnt beyond recognition, had been deposited at the morgue by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Those who sustained injuries were taken to the Omu-Aran General Hospital for treatment.
The Divisional Police Officer in Omu-Aran, Rasak Adebayo, confirmed the incident and said his command had started investigations.