Metro Ondo: Tragedy As Celebrity, Wedding Guests, Children Die In Bus Accident



A fully-loaded commercial bus that collided with a Dangote trailer has claimed the lives of no less than 11 people, and five others in critical health condition. The accident occurred at the end of the Akintelu end of the Benin-Sagamu Expressway.

Scene of the accident. Photo: PUNCH

The commercial bus, owned by Efex Motors, with number plate, Badagry DG 36 ASJ, was said to be conveying mostly guests of a wedding that held in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Reports say they were heading for Lagos on Sunday, when their vehicle collided with the overloaded Dangote Cement trailer, heading towards Ore.

The driver of the Dangote vehicle, identified as Idrisu Oseni, was reported to have immediately fled the scene, along with his motor boy.

According to PUNCH, among the deceased were three families, each with three members.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ondo State command, and policemen from the Igbotakun division, were said to have removed the corpses from the road and deposited them in a morgue. They also removed the wreckage to clear the traffic that the accident caused.

The Ondo State FRSC Sector Commander, Osas Osadebamwen, said the accident was caused by the Dangote trailer driver, who “dangerously overtook the Efex bus.”

He said, “The accident happened around 3.30pm on Sunday and involved a Dangote trailer conveying bags of cement and a fully-loaded Efex Motors Toyota Hiace bus. We gathered that most of the occupants of the bus were returning from a wedding ceremony which held at the weekend.

“We discovered that the Dangote trailer driver travelled at top speed. He left his lane and went to another lane. Instead of waiting for the vehicle that was diverting, he was impatient.

“Because he was speeding, he couldn’t control the trailer. While struggling for control, the front part of the trailer detached and slid on the median. The trailer tyres burst into flames at that point. The backside of the trailer went to the other side of the road, where the Efex bus was coming from.

“In the end, 11 people died in the accident, including eight adults and three children. Their remains have been deposited in a morgue, while the injured were taken to the Ore General Hospital for treatment.”

A source, who did not want to be identified told the media that a celebrity was among the deceased.

“I learnt that a very popular man was among those that died. Three families, with two to three members each, also lost their lives,” he said.