Pregnant Woman, 8 others dead in Kwara Auto Crash


A pregnant woman and eight other persons were reportedly burnt to death in a multiple auto crash in the Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.

It was gathered that a total number of 20 persons were said to have been involved in the crash, while one male and eight females were reported dead.

Also, eight male persons reportedly survived the accident with burns and multiple injuries.

Sources in the state command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that one of the vehicles involved is a Lagos-bound passenger bus loaded at the Gerin Alimi motor park, Ilorin heading outwards the metropolis.

The multiple fatal accident, which occurred on Sunday at the Ilorin International Airport road, along Ilorin-Ogbomoso expressway at about 8am, involved a commercial passenger bus and a private vehicle.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash was said to have carried petrol-filled kegs.

The sources in the state command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said the Lagos-bound passenger bus had loaded at the Gerin Alimi motor park, heading outwards the metropolis, when it rammed into the private vehicle.

The private vehicle, said to be coming out of the airport, failed to wait for the oncoming passenger bus to pass, while the crash, said to have occured as a result of over-speeding.

The vehicles involved somersaulted and had tyre burst before they burst into flame.

In reaction to the incident, the state sector commander of the FRSC, Jonathan Owoade, confirmed the development and described the crash as unfortunate.

“A car coming out of the airport ran across the road, thinking it could have crossed the road before the bus gets to it. Incidentally, it was said that it was carrying fuel,” he said.

The sector commander also said the injured persons had been taken to the state general hospital, Ilorin by passersby before his men arrived at the scene of the crash,

He added that the deceased were taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) mortuary, Oke Oyi by the FRSC rescue and the patrol teams.