18 people lost their lives in an accident on the Benin-Lagos expressways.
The Toyota Hiace bus and a truck loaded with gravel were involved in a head-on collusion along the Benin-Lagos express road killing 18 passengers.
The incident occurred near Okada, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State led to a serious gridlock as passengers and drivers made frantic effort to save the life of the victims.
Edo State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Mr. Kenneth Nwaegbe, confirmed on phone, yesterday, that 18 persons were roasted alive, while two other children survived the incident.
Among the dead were said to be 15 adults and two kids while the driver of the truck was said to have died in the accident.
The commercial bus belonging to Peace Mass Transit, left Onitsha in Anambra State for Lagos via Benin when an oncoming truck had a head-on collision on a side of the road under construction.
He said: “What happened was that the Mark truck was carrying gravel and was coming from Ore to Benin when one of its tyres burst and it lost control.
“The Toyota bus was going from Benin to Lagos when the two collided. The dead were removed from the wreckage with axes through the assistance of a team of rescue operation.
The team was made up of officials of FRSC from the Tollgate Unit Command, policemen drafted from Okada town and sympathisers some of who were passengers travelling either from Lagos to the Eastern part of the country or those going to Lagos and other parts of the Western part.”