In a multiple accident that happened on Monday at Oko Olowo along the Ilorin/Bode-Saadu/Jebba Expressway in Kwara State, three people died and eight others suffered varying degrees of injuries.
Three trucks were involved in the accident: one carrying soybeans from the North to Lagos, another carrying soft drinks, and a petrol tanker.
The Kwara State Fire Service said that the vehicles burst into flames after a head-on collision that occurred as a result of a wrong overtaking by the truck conveying soybean.
Kwara Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp, Stephen Dawulung, confirmed the incident, on Monday.
He said, “Preliminary investigations revealed that a truck conveying feeds en route Lagos, while attempting to overtake another vehicle, collided with an oncoming trailer conveying brewery products while a tanker carrying petroleum products which was closely following the truck also crashed into the pre-existing vehicles leading to a multiple crash which ignited the fire that escalated due to the presence of petroleum products.
“The inferno burnt the three vehicles and a motorcycle which got caught up in the crash.
The collision claimed the lives of five persons in all. Regretfully, the remaining three individuals involved in the crash perished due to burns they sustained in the fire. Two of the passengers on the motorcycle were injured and transported to the General Hospital in Ilorin.
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