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Road accident claims lecturer, 14 others

A lecturer with the Auchi Polytechnic and 14 others, lost their lives on Saturday when an 18-sitter bus they were traveling in had a head-on collision with a trailer.

FRSC officials at the scene that only one person survived in the accident, which occurred at 2 p.m. near the “dangerous Ewu-Agbede Hill’’.

They said that the lone survivor was rushed to Faith Medical Hospital along the Auchi-Okene road and that the bus, which was carrying 16 passengers, was traveling from Benin to Auchi when the incident occurred.

The officials said that the accident was caused by over-speeding and dangerous overtaking and that the driver of the bus was among the dead.

According to an eye witness, Mr Paul Umoru, “those lives would not have been lost but for the recklessness of the bus driver who overtook several vehicles on high speed before colliding with the oncoming trailer.

“You know how narrow this road is, he could not escape it, and even if he had done otherwise the result would still have been the same, because the bus would probably have plunged into the ditch.

“There have been several calls on the government to dualise the road and the longer such calls are ignored, the more lives would be lost on it,” Umoru said.


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