The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kwara, on Friday, confirmed that at least 10 persons lost their lives in an accident along Idofian-Ilorin road. The Kwara Sector Commander, Jonathan Owoade, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that the fatal crash was as a result of speed limit violation and wrong overtaking. Owoade said that the crash, which occurred near the Unilorin Sugar Research Institute, involved two vehicles and 27 people. He advised motorists to be patient while on the road, adding that they should reduce speed in order to stay alive. “It is another sad incident occurring on the Idofian-Ilorin road axis. “The fatal accident involved two vehicles – a commercial Nissan Vanette bus and a private Honda Accord car. “Twenty-seven people were involved, sadly 10 died, nine of them burnt beyond recognition, while 16 persons sustained various degrees of injuries. One other person was rescued unhurt,’’ the Sector Commander said. He explained that the response team of FRSC had taken the injured persons to the Kwara State General Hospital and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). Some others were also taken to Ile Anu Medical Centre at Idofian. Owoade said that the corpses have been deposited at UITH. He urged those travelling on the route to be careful and ensure that their vehicles are in good condition.

A truck driver, allegedly driving against traffic on Sunday in Onitsha, has reportedly killed a man, who was said to be crossing the road at Mgbuka First Gate on Owerri Road.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the State Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, confirmed the incident in Awka.
Kumapayi said the accident, which occurred at about 6 .p m. on Sunday, was caused by route violation, speed and loss of control.

“Eyewitnesses said an unidentified truck driver with Reg. No. KMC41XR, was driving against traffic on top speed when he lost control and knocked down a man crossing the road.

“The driver of the truck was later arrested and handed over to the police by FRSC rescue team.

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“The victim was taken to an undisclosed hospital by good Samaritans before the arrival of FRSC team from Upper-Iweka.

“The victim was later confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and his body was deposited at the mortuary,” the FRSC boss said.

While condoling with the family of the deceased, he warned motorists to desist from driving against traffic, saying it could lead to a fatal crash.

He further urged motorists to always obey traffic signals.


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