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26 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident

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OLUFEMI ATOYEBI

Twenty-six people were confirmed dead in a crash involving two buses on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on Saturday.

Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the accident, said it happened around 7am when two commercial buses burst into flames as they collided.

He said apart from the 26 people burnt to death, 11 others which included three children were seriously injured.

The state commandant of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Salami Yusuf, confirmed the incident though he declined to give details of what occurred.

Our correspondent, however, gathered that the remains of the dead had been deposited at Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan, while the injured were taken to the University College Hospital and Ibadan Central Hospital for treatment.

“One of the bus drivers was going to Lagos, while the other was heading for Ibadan. From the look of things, one of them was trying to overtake another vehicle, while the other was already out of its lane to overtake another bus. The result was a collision with the buses bursting into flames,” an eyewitness, Shola Sholanke, told our correspondent.

According to Sholanke, the collision occurred at a point where a company handling road construction diverted vehicles to a single lane.

She added, “You could smell the burnt bodies trapped in the vehicles as rescuers tried to save the passengers. Three children were saved but other passengers of the buses died.

“I had to leave the scene because the situation was gory. The police and the FRSC officials later arrived at the scene. People who witnessed the accident or the rescue operation were weeping because of the tragedy.”

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