Nigeria: 12 passengers killed in fiery bus-truck collision

Authorities said the victims were 'burned beyond recognition'


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Published: Sat 12 Mar 2022, 8:47 PM

Last updated: Sat 12 Mar 2022, 8:52 PM

A total of 12 passengers were killed following a bus-truck collision in Nigeria's southwest region early Saturday, said the traffic police.

Six others had various degrees of burns as the two vehicles went aflame due to the impact of the collision near Ote town, along the Ilorin-Ogbomoso road linking Kwara and Oyo states in the southern part of the country, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said.

"It was a fatal crash. The 12 people who lost their lives were burned beyond recognition," Jonathan Owoade, a commander of the FRSC in Kwara, told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital.

Owoade attributed the incident to route violation, speed limit violation, and loss of control.

A total of 18 people were involved in the incident, he said. The injured victims and the corpses were taken to a government-run hospital in Ilorin.

Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad road conditions, and reckless driving.

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