5 DIE, 8 INJURED IN ONDO ROAD ACCIDENT
About five persons have died while eight have sustained severe injuries in a road accident involving a bus and a truck in Emure, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Mrs Tola Ogunbanwo, spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident in a statement.
She said the incident occurred on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, around 9.30 am when the two vehicles collided on the highway.
The spokesperson, who attributed the accident to overspeeding, revealed the two vehicles, a J5 bus, with registration number LSR 855 XF and a truck with registration number AKD 880 XX, collided while overtaking leading to the death of five persons.
She stated that the five victims died on the spot and their remains have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo mortuary while the injured are currently receiving treatment in the same hospital.
Ogunbawo said; “We were called through our emergency number by some people and we acted swiftly and immediately swung into action.
“According to the information at our disposal, the accident was caused by over speeding and wrongful overtaking.
“Five of the 13 passengers in the vehicles died on the spot while eight people were injured.”
She urged all motorists to exercise patience and adhere strictly to speed limits to avoid accidents.
She added that the FRSC would not relent to in continuing to monitor road users to guard against dangerous driving.
“We will continue to sustain our aggressive patrols across all major highways to ensure that road users adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations to avoid road accidents especially during this period of ember months,” she said.