Sun. Jan 17th, 2021


An auto crash on Thursday claimed 17 lives at Bacita junction along Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa expressway in Kwara State. The accident involved an 18 seater Hiace bus and an articulated DAF trunk carrying container.

An eyewitness account revealed that the accident was due to excessive speeding and dangerous driving as the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision at a bend along the highway.

The source said that while 17 passengers in the bus were killed, two occupants of the articulated vehicle suffered various degrees of injuries.

Udeme Eshiet, the Head of Operations of the Kwara command, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the auto crash.

He explained that the DAF container truck was going towards Jebba, in the Kwara North District, while the passengers’ bus was coming to Ilorin, the state capital, from Northern Nigeria when the crash occurred.

The FRSC official said “Due to excessive speeding in which the two drivers were involved while driving their vehicles at the time when the crash occurred, they could not negotiate the sharp bend properly, and when they eventually met, it resulted in a head on collision.”

He, however, called on motorists to be more careful while driving on the nation’s highways especially during the rainy season to check avoidable accidents.

According to him, passengers should not hesitate to caution or report any reckless driver to law enforcement agents.

He said the remains of the deceased had been taken to a hospital in Ilorin, with the injured victims for treatment.

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