Nine dead as fire destroys passenger buses along Benin-Ore highway – Channels Television


About nine people were killed along the Benin-Ore Expressway when a moving Toyota Hiace bus reportedly burst into flames.


Ten passengers were rescued, with three of them suffering varying degrees of injury.

According to a statement signed by Ogun State Federal Highway Safety Corps sector commander Clement Oladele, the unfortunate vehicle was coming from the eastern part of the country and heading for Lagos.

Authorities say there were flammable chemicals in the vehicle that they suspect could have led to the flame.


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The FRSC rescue team is reported to have rushed to the scene of the crash and started rescue operations upon receiving the information.


"While some of the passengers were rescued from hell, others were still trapped in the burning vehicle," Oladele said.

He added that, "A total of ten people, including six male adults and four female adults, were rescued from hell, with three people suffering serious injuries."

According to the FRSC spokesman, the injured victims were rushed to Aro & # 39; Ona Hospital in Ijebu Ode.

He further revealed that preliminary investigations by FRSC Crash Investigators investigators suggest that the vehicle in transit suffered some damage and the driver had to stop intermittently to repair a faulty fuel pump and fuel tank.

The investigation continued, revealing that the driver continued to manage the situation until suddenly there was a spark and the bus caught fire.

It was after the fire was extinguished by the Nigerian Fire Department that some rescuers discovered that nine people had died.

Ogun State FRSC Command Sector Commander Clement Oladele lamented the victims of the unfortunate incident and requested that his relatives contact the FRSC Unit Command in Ijebu Ode for details of the accident.

He advised drivers to adhere strictly to the 1947 United Nations Agreement on the International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) in an attempt to prevent a fatal accident from occurring.

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