No fewer than 14 persons have been reportedly killed and four others injured in an accident that occurred on Ipetu-Ijesa-Ilesa highway in Osun State.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Paul Okpe, who made this known in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Mrs Agnes Ogungbemi, said the accident occurred around 5:40pm on Saturday at the powerline area.
Okpe disclosed that accident claimed lives of four adult males, four adult females and six children.
He said the children were two females and four males, adding that a total of 14 people died in the accident, involving 18 passengers.
The FRSC boss further disclosed that four males, who survived the accident, were rushed to a nearby hospital.
He added that the 14 corpses had been deposited in a morgue, and the road haf been cleared to avoid gridlock on the highway.
He said that an articulated vehicle ( Howo-Sinotruck) with number plate BAU 171 ZE collided with a Toyota Sienna (gold colour) with number plate KRD 842 GY.
“We received a distressed call at about 5:45 pm on Saturday evening about an accident on Ipetu-Ijesa-Ilesa highway, involving two vehicles.
“Our men arrived at the location at 5:50 p.m and met dead bodies at the scene, which we have taken to the nearest morgue at the Wesley Hospital in Ilesa,” Okpe said.
The sector commander said that the accident occurred due to disobedience to road safety ordinance by motorists.
Okpe, however, cautioned road users to be safety conscious while embarking on a long journey.