By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
No fewer than four commuters on Monday reportedly sustained severe injuries in an accident involving a commercial bus and herds of cattle in Ekiti State.
However, seven cows were said to have been killed during the incident.
The Nissan Mazda bus was said to have crashed into the crowded herds of cattle and somersaulted into a ditch where four persons were reportedly wounded out of the occupants.
The autocrash occurred at a steep portion of Efon Alaaye -Esa Oke highway, close to the border between Ekiti and Osun states.
An eyewitness told journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital on Monday that seven cows were killed in the process and that death could have been recorded from the passengers but for swift action taken by operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The source explained that the bus was coming at a high speed and was negotiating a bend very close to Ita Ore Junction in Efon Alaaye when it suddenly ran into the cattle numbering over 1,000.
He said the driver of the bus had lost control and rammed into the moving cattle before swerving off the road and plunging into a ditch.
“Death could have been recorded but the FRSC men from Ita Ore in Efon Alaaye Ekiti quickly came to the rescue.
“They evacuated the four people that were wounded and took them to the hospital for treatment”, the source said.
The FRSC Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Mr. Mohammed Olowo confirmed the story.
Olowo said only one person was wounded contrary to the eyewitness account, which disclosed four.
“It was even a surprise to many that nobody died owing to the severity of the accident. But seven cows died during the collision”, he revealed.