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  • Updated: June 14, 2024

Auto crash claims 19 lives, injures five in Kwara

Auto crash claims 19 lives, injures five in Kwara

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has confirmed the report of a road accident that claimed 19 lives and left five injured, including children in Kwara State.

The accident was reported to have occurred at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kanbi village, on the Olooru new Jebba road in Kwara.

Reacting to the fatal accident, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Shehu Mohammed expressed displeasure at the rate of recklessness of drivers resulting in accidents.

Mohammed said some drivers have continued to ignore established traffic regulations and as a result cause harm to human lives and properties.

The Acting Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Olusegun Ogungbemide disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

According to Ogungbemide, following a preliminary investigation, the accident was caused as a result of excessive speeding and wrongful overtaking.

He explained that the accident involved a blue Iveco trailer with no trace of registration and a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number LSD363YE.

He added that 25 persons, including 13 male adults, 5 female adults, 2 female children and 5 male children were involved in the accident.

The FRSC spokesperson revealed that the 19 passengers who lost their lives included 11 male adults, 3 female adults, 3 male children and 2 female children while five others who sustained injuries were currently at the Orisun Ayo hospital.

The statement by Ogungbemide partly reads: “You would recall that in recent times, apart from setting up an Inter-agency Joint Task Force to tackle the excesses of trailer drivers, the Corps equally enhanced its enlightenment campaigns as well as ensured robust engagement of stakeholders, especially the various transport unions all in a bit to curb these ugly occurrences.

“It is therefore unfortunate that irrespective of all the efforts in place, some drivers have decided not to adhere to safety standards as such compromising the safety of innocent Road Users."

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