No fewer than 18 passengers were burnt to death in a ghastly motor accident involving a Toyota bus and a truck in Niger State.
The accident occurred in the Gidan-Mangoro area, along the Minna-Bida Road, Minna, the state capital.
The incident which occurred at about 3:00 am on Saturday is said to have involved a Kano Line bus going from Lagos to Kano but unfortunately had a head-on collision with a broken-down truck along the way.
It was gathered that 18 occupants of the bus including children and the driver met their untimely death. They were burnt beyond recognition while their charred bodies were mangled.
However, it was learned that the broken down truck was; almost in the centre of the busy Minna-Bida Road without any sign to; warn other road users hence the bus rammed into it and burst into flames, causing the death of the occupants.
The accident was also confirmed by the spokesperson for the state police command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun; who said the only survivor of the accident was receiving treatment at an undisclosed health facility in Minna.
Meanwhile, one person was recovered dead while seven others sustained varying degrees of injuries; specifically in an accident in the Alapere area of Lagos State during the early hours of Saturday.
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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident in a statement; adding that the agency rescued seven passengers and recovered one dead adult male that was killed as a result of the accident.
The Permanent Secretary LASEMA, Dr.Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu, said the accident occurred when a; J5 Bus occupied by passengers as well as onions, rammed into a trailer conveying plywoods that were; exiting a company.
According to him, the injured victims, mainly made up of passengers from the J5 Bus; were promptly tended to by the agency’s medical tea; adding that they were quickly conveyed to the Trauma Center domiciled within the Gbagada General Hospital for further treatment.