SHOCKING!! Eight burnt to death in Edo auto crash (Read Full Details)


It was reported that eight persons were burnt beyond recognition after the vehicle which was involved in an accident on Sunday along the Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi expressway.

However, the disclosed that the victims were returning from a ceremony in Benin City and this is coming two days after six persons who are employees of Okomu Oil firm died in similar circumstances in the Edo State.

Leaders of Udeni community in Uhunmwode local government area of Edo were among those who lost their lives at Egba junction along the Benin–Auchi dual carriageway.

It was also gathered that the victims were returning to the community after attending a funeral ceremony of an in-law of one of the community leaders in Benin City, the state capital.

An eyewitnesses disclosed that four of the occupants burnt to death on the spot while other victims died at the hospital and a survivor of the crash, who simply identified himself as Best, said: We were heading home along Egba junction when a saloon car crossed the path of our 18-passenger bus but in an attempt to avoid hitting the car but our bus driver lost his control and hit the median on the road, before all the passengers knows it our bus fell and burst into flame.

This was corroborated by an eyewitness, who said a Toyota Hiace bus was speeding from Benin City and heading towards Edo North when a saloon car veered into the road from a petrol filling station and rammed into the bus.

What happened was that the vehicle after buying fuel at the petrol station hurriedly entered the road without looking at the other way for vehicles coming from Benin side of the road. The driver of the Toyota Hiace bus, while trying to avoid hitting the vehicle that came out from the petrol station, lost control, hit the pavement and burst into flames,” he said.

It was also gathered that Edo State sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Henry Benamaisia, also confirmed the incident but he insisted that the command only recorded three deaths while others were rushed to the hospital.

Meanwhile, management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc yesterday expressed its condolences to the families of six employees who died in a grisly accident involving its staff bus at the weekend.

Managing Director, Okomu Oil Palm Company 'Dr. Graham Hefer' also said that the accident claimed six lives of it's company staff's, and five people were earlier reported in the media. Graham, however expressed his condolences and sympathy to the families for the loss of their loved ones.

It was also reports on February 14, that on the Siluko public road, a minibus carrying six Okomu Plc employees was involved in a head-on collision with a tipper lorry. Three workers were seriously injured when the mini-bus in which they were travelling collided with a tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames.

“Apparently one person also died in the lorry. The company doctor met the three employees injured at the hospital and together with his team, he will provide support to the injured employees until their recovery,” Hefer said.

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