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Road accident kills six children, eight other passengers in Osun

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Osun says no fewer than 14 people lost their lives in an accident that occurred on Ipetu-Ijesa–Ilesa Highway on Saturday evening.

The Sector Commander, Mr Paul Okpe, made this known in a statement issued by Mrs Agnes Ogungbemi, the command’s Spokesperson on Sunday morning in Osogbo.

Okpe explained that the accident occurred at 5:40 pm at the powerline area, killing four males, four females and six children.

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He said the children were two females and four males, adding that a total of 14 people died in the accident, involving 18 passengers.

The sector commander explained that four males, who survived the accident, were rushed to a nearby hospital.

“The 14 corpses have been deposited in a morgue, and the road cleared to avoid gridlock on the highway,” Okpe said.

He said that an articulated vehicle ( Howo-Sinotruck) with number plate BAU 171 ZE collided with a Toyota Sienna (Gold Color) with number plate KRD 842 GY.

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According to him, we received a distressed call at about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday evening about an accident on Ipetu-Ijesa – Ilesa Highway, involving two vehicles.

“Our men arrived at the location at 5:50 p.m and met dead bodies at the scene, which we have taken to the nearest morgue at the Wesley Hospital in Ilesa,” Okpe said.

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The sector commander said that the accident occurred due to disobedience to road safety ordinance by motorists.

Okpe, however, cautioned road users to be safety conscious while embarking on a long journey.

According to him, safety is a shared responsibility, which must all be embraced, and not left in the hands of the safety officers alone. (NAN)

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