14 die in Benin-Ore road accident
By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY- FOURTEEN passengers in a commercial bus lost their lives yesterday, along the Benin-Ore road, few hours after the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the carnage being witnessed along the road was put to a stop by completing the road project.
Vanguard learnt that the accident occurred after the driver of a commercial bus, with registration number XY 234 FST, heading towards Onitsha, ran into an on-coming trailer while trying to over take a truck heading towards Lagos.
Fourteen people were reported to have died on the spot while five others sustained injuries and were rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). The tragic incident occurred very close to Ogbemudia Farms, at about 11pm on Tuesday.
Among the dead were six females and eight males whose corpses have been deposited at the UBTH.
It took the intervention of good Samaritans and policemen on routine check close to the area to pull out some of the trapped victims.
The state commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Olatunji Henry Sunday in a telephone interview with Vanguard confirmed the incident and attributed the cause of the accident to either over speeding or wrong overtaking by the driver of the bus and also said that both the dead and survivors were taken to the UBTH.