By Dayo Johnson Akure
AT least four members of the same family reportedly lost their lives in an auto crash in Akure, the Ondo State capital Friday when officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC allegedly stopped a vehicle in the middle of the road abruptly.
The action of the FRSC officials according to eyewitness account resulted in three vehicles ramming into one another along the ever busy Ilesa-Owo expressway in Akure metropolis.
Some irate youths mobilized to the FRSC office along the road and vandalized it.
Timely intervention of policemen from Ijapo Police Station prevented the youths from razing down the office.
Other officials of the Commission who were on patrol reportedly took to their heels when they saw the mob approaching them.
The officials of the commission were said to be on patrol along the express road when the incident occurred.
The eye witness Taiwo who is a motor dealer at the Akure Auto mart which is adjacent to the scene of the crash said that the FRSC officials stopped the driver of vehicle in the midst of the road and were checking its particulars.
An oncoming trailer reportedly lost control and rammed into the vehicle and compressed it.
A visit to the scene showed that a red Toyota Corolla car marked Lagos BBG 247 AU was being moved away from the major road.
In an interview the Head of Operations of the Commission in the state Mr. Sunday Ajayi, said none of the occupants of the affected vehicle died.
Ajayi denied that men of the Commission were responsible for the crash adding that they were on normal mobile court exercise when the incident happened.
According to him ” two of the injured persons were recuperating at the Jojein Hospital in the Oke Ijebu area of Akure while the two others were receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Akure.
“The attention of our officers who were on mobile court exercise was called to the accident and they immediately rushed to the scene.
“However just as they were trying to rescue the victims, some people mobilised to the scene and started vandalising our vehicles.
“The mob stormed the scene thinking that we caused the accident but the situation is calm now because security men were invited to maintain peace.”