Ten persons died and five others were seriously injured in an early morning accident that occurred on Akure/Owo Expressway at the Agbogbo area of Akure, the Ondo State capital on Wednesday .
An eyewitness told LEADERSHIP that the crash involved a Toyota 14-passenger commercial bus with registration number Plateau PKN 63 XA with another commercial Mercedes Benz bus with registration number Abuja 561 KWL.
The source who could not say exactly the cause of the fatal accident occurred at about 5.am, however explained that the position of the two vehicles involved after the accident indicated that it was a head-on-collision crash .
It was also gathered that the men of the Ondo State Police Command and their counterparts from the Federal Road Safety Corps took the deceased to the morgue of the Ondo State Specialists Hospital, Akure while the injured too were also receiving treatment at the hospital.
According to the source , one of the buses was said to heading towards Abuja from Lagos while the second one was said to be coming from Jos, Plateau State.
His words : ” We just heard a very loud sound and we quickly rushed down there and met the two buses in the accident while the passengers were trapped inside one of the buses. Many of them were already dead. ”
As at the time of this report, the identity of the victims of the accident were yet unknown .
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the incident.
Joseph said it was caused as a result of the reckless driving and dangerous overtaking on the parts of the vehicles involved.
The PPRO said, ” It was clear that the accident was caused by reckless driving of the drivers of the vehicles who we learnt overtook dangerously”.
Joseph, however, appealed to the motorists on the highways to always be mindful of the road rules and regulations
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