Omu-Aran-Ilorin accident claims eight persons

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No fewer than  eight persons died in an auto crash in Kwara State on Friday.

The accident, which happened at Oke-Onigbin on the Omu-Aran-Ilorin Highway in the Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, involved one articulated vehicle and a bus.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Kwara State,  Stephen Dawulung, said in a statement by the corps spokesman, Busari Basambo, on Saturday in Ilorin that the accident happened in the night.

“Preliminary investigations showed that the Ilorin-bound Mitsubishi bus was overtaking another bus when it had a head-on collision with the articulated vehicle.

“The collision resulted in the death of eight persons on the spot. They were one male adult, three female adults and four children.

“Six other persons sustained injuries in the crash,’’ he said.

Dawulung said the dead were deposited in a morgue while the injured were taken to another hospital for medical attention.

He advised motorists to always avoid night journeys and speeding and to ensure they rest for 30 minutes after every four hours of driving.

“This is to avoid crashes resulting from poor visibility, fatigue, dozing or loss of control of vehicles.

“The highest level of caution and concentration must be exercised while driving,” Dawulung said.

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