How 17 Akure council workers died in Ore-Okitipupa auto crash inferno

November 17, 2021

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  •  Senator Tofowomo mourns, urges FERMA to repair bad portion of road 


It has emerged that no fewer than 17 Ondo council workers were roasted alive in the last weekend’s auto crash at Ode-Aye in Okitipupa council area of Ondo State.

Police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami told Vanguard in Akure, the state capital, that 10 persons were rescued alive from the 26-seater Coaster bus, but that one later died in the hospital.

The crash involved a coaster bus and a J5 bus laden with Ethanol.

The two vehicles went up in flames after the crash occurred, making it impossible for the victims to escape.

The VANGAURD reports that Eyewitness account has it that one of the vehicles wrongfully overtook another vehicle at a bend close to Oluwa River and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

The source added that “the passengers in coastal bus belonging to Akure North Local Government Area were on their way to Okitipupa to attend a social function of one of the Directors of another council area in the state.”

Also, speaking with Vanguard, a staff of the local government said that 26 council staff were in the coaster bus when it crashed and went up in flame.

According to him, only nine person were rescued from the burning vehicle while others roasted alive.

Efforts by the residents of the community to out off the fire proved abortive because of the ethanol loaded in the J5 vehicle, which went off in flames immediately the vehicles collided.

“The two vehicles were burnt. The persons inside the bus were equally burnt beyond recognition.

“We tried all efforts to call the operatives of the State Road Safety Agency, but we were not successful.”

The remains of the victims retrieved from the scene were later deposited in the State General Hospital morgue in Ore.

Police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami said that the 10 victims rescued by police officers were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Odunlami said one of those rescued later died in the hospital.

The state police imagemaker, Funmi Odunlami, could not be reached for comment last night.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, has expressed sadness over the accident.

“My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I also sympathise with the victims of the accident who are currently in the hospital and the Ondo State government for the unfortunate loss.”

“I call on the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to as a matter of urgency take necessary action and repair the bad portion of Okitipupa -Ore express road.”

“This accident claimed many lives and it could have been avoided if the roads were not bad. I was told that even the survivors were badly burnt. Most of the accidents on that road were caused by bad roads. I was reliably informed that the two vehicles were trying to maneuver the bad portion of the road when the accident occurred.”

“This is the second time this happened due to a bad portion of the road. It is no longer acceptable. It mustn’t repeat itself. FERMA in Ondo State should act now and save lives especially now that we are in a festive period. The bad portion of Okitipupa-Ore Express road must be fixed within 24 hours”, the Senator said.

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