No fewer than eight people lost their lives to a road crash that happened on the Benin-Asaba Expressway on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. The deceased persons included a 4-year-old little boy.
According to reports, the fatal incident occurred after a truck conveying beer collided with an 18-seater bus. The severity of the collision set the bus ablaze, burning the deceased persons to the death.
Four people including three commuters who were by the accident scene sustained serious injuries and were quickly taken to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Asaba – capital of Delta state.
Recounting the incident, an eyewitness called Miracle said that the driver of the truck was moving on high speed when he went off his lane, collided with a vehicle, and then ran over the bus. The force threw the bus into multiple somersaults before it went up in flames.
Confirming the tragic event, the Federal Road Safety Corps Sector Commander in Delta State, Ocheja Ameh, said that not more than two lives were lost.
“I was at the scene of the accident; two lives were lost, one male adult and a small boy; the injured ones have been taken to the FMC and they are responding to treatment. The accident involved a truck and two other vehicles.”
A victim of the crash who was among those rushed to the hospital, Chinoye Mbaram, said she suspected that the driver was drunk going by the way his truck hit their bus.
Similarly, there was another road crash in the Umunede area of the state involving two trucks. It led to the injury of two people and loss of goods estimated to worth several million. The accident caused heavy traffic gridlock in the area, leaving many motorists stranded.