The police confirmed that 17 passengers from the bus died along with the two passengers of the truck. Only a female passenger of the bus survived.
An eyewitness told Saturday PUNCH that the bus and the truck had a head-on collision and burst into flames immediately, trapping the passengers in the process.
By the time the fire was put out, the passengers who died had been burnt beyond recognition.
The tragedy caused a gridlock in the area as residents and travellers battled the fire alongside men of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
In a television conversation, the state commandant of the FRSC, Kayode Aremu, who confirmed the tragedy, said that he had yet to be briefed about the casualty figure.
Aremu said “My men are at the scene of the incident on a rescue mission and controlling traffic. We have not ascertained the cause of the accident and we don’t have the casualty figure yet.”
But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed that 19 passengers indeed died in the accident.
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