Approximately 20 passengers were killed in a bus accident. The accident has taken place in the southwestern region of Nigeria, in which a bus collided with another vehicle and caught fire. All the casualties resulted from the fire, which resulted in passengers being burnt to death.
The accident at Lanlate in the Ibarapa area of Oyo state on Friday, is the latest road crash in the vast west African nation of some 210 million people.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Ibarapa district, Gbenga Obalowo, said that, “It was a fatal accident. We counted over 20 human bodies burnt completely.”
He added that, “They had a head-on collision and the two vehicles… which were both conveying passengers caught fire and got burnt beyond repair.”
He further mentioned that, “Two people with severe burns survived the crash and they had been taken to the hospital.”
A senior police officer in the state has confirmed about the crash, adding that “20 people lost their lives in the accident” without sharing the details.
Obalowo has accused the accident on speeding and reckless driving. Accidents are undoubtedly one of the most common thing on the poorly-maintained roads of Nigeria, mainly due largely to overspeeding and disregard for traffic rules.
In July, 30 people were burnt to death when three vehicles collided on a highway in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state.
Last year, Nigeria has reported around 10,637 road accidents which claimed 5,101 lives and injured more than 30,000 people, according to figures by the road safety commission.