19 persons lost their lives in a ghastly road accident at Ugoneki village, along Benin-Asaba highway, in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State yesterday.
The incident happened at about 6 pm on Thursday, when an 18-seater commercial bus, with registration number ABD 206 XA, which was heading to Auchi, in the nothern part of the State, had a head-on collision with a truck marked DRZ 347 XA, carrying goats, and heading to Benin.
16 passengers reportedly died at the spot, three others died at the hospital, while eight sustained varying degrees of injuries.
A source in the area disclosed that members of a family who were travelling for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration were among the casualties.
The spokesman for the Edo Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. George Otoaviokhai, confirming the incident to journalists on Friday, said that the bus had attempted to overtake another vehicle in front of it when it rammed into the truck on the other lane.
He attributed the accident to dangerous overtaking, also saying that the incident was avoidable.
“There was a vehicle in front of the bus; the bus was trying to overtake. That was not even needed. The accident was avoidable,” he said.
The injured and remains of the deceased have reportedly been taken to Aigbogun Clinic in Abudu, in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the State.