Bakare Fatai Adesina, the Head of Operations, Delta State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Headquarters, on Tuesday, confirmed the gruesome death of no fewer than 15 travellers in an auto crash that happened last Wednesday.
The auto crash, which claimed the lives of 15 persons, occurred at Alifikede, near Agbor in Ika South Council of the state. The accident reportedly happened around 2:15 pm on Tuesday when a Luxurious bus ran into a Toyota Sienna car. According to the report, the car was plying a one-way lane along the Asaba/Benin highway.
An anonymous eyewitness revealed auto crash claimed the lives of five persons at the spot. Also, a good number of others sustained various degrees of injury. However, men of the FRSC rushed the victims to a nearby hospital for emergency treatments. Sadly, others reportedly passed away while on treatment.
Confirming the incident, Bakare said his team had not received details as regards the accident, adding that he would keep the public posted.
A Similar Auto Crash in the State
Similarly, in another accident at Abohz-Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Council Area of Delta State, three persons reportedly died on the spot. The accident occurred when an empty fuel tanker with registration No: BAU 334 XA ran into a Delta Line bus marked: XR 185 ENU.
A male eyewitness said the empty tanker was heading to Warri, while the Delta Line bus he ran into was heading towards Asaba from Ogwashi-Uku.
Speaking further, he claimed that a Lexus 350 caused the accident. According to him, the Lexus 350 carelessly overtook the empty tanker, which made the truck driver lose balance. Adding, he said the truck driver, who was obviously trying to avoid clashing with the jeep, swerved towards the opposite direction, leaving his lane entirely. He left his lane and ran into the oncoming Delta Line bus.
The auto crash reportedly claimed the lives of two persons in the Delta Line bus. The victims were the bus driver and the male passenger on the front seat. The passenger, according to the eyewitness, forcefully opened the door on his side and jumped out. Sadly, the tyre ran over him, killing him almost at the spot.
Furthermore, he revealed that the lady who was at the other end of the tragedy was rushed to an undisclosed private hospital. Unfortunately, the eyewitness said the victim died while on treatment.
Also, he said that the police prevented the angry youths present at the scene from mobbing the tanker driver. Too, he added that the police officers had removed the two vehicles at the spot.
Meanwhile, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Oneme Onovughagbogaya, confirmed the incident. However, he urged road users to be more cautious while plying routes.