17 perish in auto-crash along Jebba/Ilorin highway

By Ibraheem Solaudeen.

No fewer than 17 persons were killed in yesterday’s ghastly motor accident which occurred at Bacita Junction on Jebba/Ilorin highway, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The accident which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace passenger bus and an articulated DAF container truck, also left two persons injured.

INSIDER learnt that the accident was caused by excessive speeding, resulting in an head-on collision at a bend on the highway.

The Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara State Sector Command, Udeme Eshiet, confirmed the incident yesterday.

He said: “Due to excess speeding in which the two drivers were involved while driving their vehicles at the time when the crash occurred, they could not negotiate the sharp bend properly, and when they eventually met, it resulted in head on collision.”

He also disclosed that the DAF container truck was heading for Jebba in Kwara North while the passenger bus was coming to Ilorin when the crash occurred.

Mr Eshiet enjoined motorists to be cautious while driving on the highways in order to curtail avoidable accidents.

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