60 killed as luxury bus, petrol tanker collide long Benin-Ore road

BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN- OVER 60 persons were reportedly burnt to death Friday in a road accident that occurred at about 1.30 pm in Ugbogui village, near Ofusu, the boundary town between Edo and Ondo state

An eye witness account disclosed that the accident which took place the Benin- Ore dual carriage way involved three vehicles which included a trailer loaded with cement and  belonging to the Dangote Group, a luxury bus said to be owned by the Young Shall Grow Motors and a petrol tanker loaded with fuel.

An official of the FRSC who spoke on condition of anonymity who confirmed the incident at press time said that three of the passengers were rescued luxury bus that was said to be carrying a full load of passengers just as he added that the bodies of the victims had littered the scene.

According to the eye witness, victims of the accident included drivers and motor-boys of both trailer and the tanker including 53 passengers in the luxurious bus.

The cause of the multiple accidents it was gathered, was attributed to the trailer which had a flat tire, hit the tanker which also in the process hit the luxurious bus that subsequently burst into flames.

It was gathered that the accident had caused heavy traffic along the ever busy highway which forced vehicles to divert into feeder roads along the express road.

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