By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
It was weeping galore as 20 passengers met their untimely death in a late evening auto crash along the Maya/Lanlate Junction in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday.
New Nigerian learnt that the accident involved two vehicles, a commercial bus and a Sienna, said to be traveling on different directions on the road.
Eye witness account said trouble started when one of the vehicles while trying to avoid a sharp pothole on its side, reportedly lost control and collided with the other vehicle coming from the opposite direction.
The eye witness stressed that the two vehicles upon collision immediately engulfed in fire and burnt the 20 passengers to death beyond recognition with two others surviving.
Speaking on the accident, the Chairman of Ibarapa East Local Government Area, Hon Gbenga Obalowo while leading a rescue team to the scene of the accident, said it was pathetic and unfortunate.
Sympathizing with the families of victims of the accident, Hon Obalowo disclosed that the two survivors of the accident are currently receiving medical attention at Awojobi Hospital in Eruwa, while the corpses of those burnt have been deposited at a morgue.
” It was a fatal accident, hence it was a gory sight. We counted over twenty human bodies burnt completely. I learnt they had a head on collision and the two vehicles, a commercial bus and a Sienna which were both conveying passengers, caught fire and got burnt beyond repairs”, he said.
The chairman added, ” Families whose loved ones usually ply this road and are yet to be reached should please contact parks in and around the town to confirm the identities of the victims in their manifests. I pray to the Lord to continue to guide and protect us wherever we may be,” he prayed.
He however, cautioned commercial drivers in the area to be more careful while on the wheels, saying, “though no one is perfect, our drivers however, need to avoid over speeding. Many lives have been lost to avoidable road accidents.”