Expectant mum, 8 others perish in Kwara ghastly auto crash

EMERGENCY DIGEST- Nine persons died yesterday in an auto crash involving two vehicles in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

The victims, which included an expectant woman, were said to have been burnt to death.

Eight persons, all men, sustained various degrees of burns during, it was learnt

The ghastly accident happened around 8am opposite Ilorin International Airport along Ilorin-Ogbomosho Highway.

Twenty persons were said to be on board the ill-fated Toyota Corolla car and Toyota Hiace commercial bus before the incident.

The vehicles registration numbers are LRN787FE Toyota Corolla and AFN06YL Toyota Hiace.

The state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Jonathan Owoade confirmed the incident, attributing it to  speeding.

He said, “A car coming out of the airport ran across the road, thinking it could have crossed the road before the bus got to it. Incidentally, it was said that it was carrying fuel.”

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He added that passers-by helped to ferry the injured to the state General Hospital, Ilorin.

He said that FRSC patrol team had deposited the bodies of the dead at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) mortuary.

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