SIXTEEN persons were confirmed dead yesterday when a Toyota Hiace bus collided with a 911 Mercedez Benz lorry at Jebba, Kwara State.
According to the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in the state, Mr. Taiwo Eseyin, the accident occurred at 1a.m. yesterday, leaving no survivors in the bus, while two men, including the driver of the lorry, were rushed to hospital unconscious.
Although nobody could narrate how the accident happened, Eseyin told The Guardian that it could not be unconnected with a big pothole at the scene of the accident.
"The two drivers were probably reckless and must have been striving to avoid the pot-hole, hence the head-on collision of the vehicles.
"The effect of the collision smashed the passenger bus beyond recognition, even as the fully loaded lorry had veered off the road," he said.
The mangled remains of the victims had been deposited at the mortuary wing of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).
Hospital sources later told The Guardian that one of the two passengers rescued at the scene of the accident died at dawn, while the other had been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for proper attention.
Drivers plying Jebba/Ilorin road faced unprecedented traffic jam yesterday as men of the FRSC were clearing the carcasses of the vehicles from the road.
Eseyin advised motorists, who are not familiar with the route, described as the "deadliest in Kwara State", to shun night trips on it.
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