About 18 people were on Saturday burnt to death in a road accident involving a bus and petrol tanker along Akure /Owo road in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The accident which involved an 18-passenger bus with registration number plate: ADAMAWA YLA 25 XU: bus and a truck with the registration number: Lagos GG 873 XM occurred around 3:30 am on Saturday.
An eyewitness explained that the accident occurred when the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and collided with the passenger bus which was coming from the opposite side. He added that the two vehicles caught fire immediately.
He said, “the truck was coming from Owo side as the driver was trying to avoid a pothole on the expressway, he lost the control of the vehicle and swerved off to the other lane to collide with the bus which was coming from Lagos, heading towards the northern part of the country.
“Immediately the two vehicles collided, they caught fire and all the occupants of the bus got burnt beyond recognition.”
Confirming the accident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, said the driver and motor boy of the truck survived the accident but said they ran away after the crash.
Joseph said, “it was a case of a head-on collision when the truck wanted to avoid a pothole on the road.
“The driver and the motor boy of the truck survived the accident but we are yet to know their whereabouts,” he said.