Nine persons were burnt to death on Friday in an auto crash which occurred at Omotosho Step Down Bridge, along Ore-Lagos expressway in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ore Unit Command Commander Sikiru Alonge, who confirmed the development said the crash involved two vehicles, a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number FKJ 095 XE and a Honda Accord Saloon car which the registration number cannot be ascertained.
He said: “Nine persons were burnt to death in a ghastly accident which happened on Ore-Lagos expressway early this morning. The accident was caused by a tyre burst which cause a head-on collision which later resulted into a fire blast which burnt all occupants of the vehicles beyond recognition”, he said.
He explained that the remains of the victims had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in Ore.
The FRSC commander also advised motorists to always maintain speed limit, concentrate, exercise patience, and obey all traffic rules and regulations while driving in order to save lives and property.
This comes hours after the Federal Road Safety Corps in the State disclosed that 75 deaths were recorded while total number of 7,925 traffic violators were apprehended within the first half of the year in the state.
The Corps disclosed that it recorded 218 road crashes, across the state with 1,428 persons involved while 8,399 offenders were arrested.
The Deputy Corps Commander of Operations (DCC), Richard Adetoro disclosed this in a statement made available to Journalists in Akure.
Adetoro who said the recorded crashes and deaths occurred between January and June 2022, maintained that the Corps had not relented in its efforts at reducing carnage on the highways within the state.
The Corps Commander explained that the 218 road crashes that occurred in the state involved a total of 356 vehicles, stressing that 567 people sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crashes, while 1,345 were rescued without injuries.
Adetoro noted that in the period under review, available statistics showed that 1,025 males and 403 females were involved in crashes, stressing that the most prevalent causes of the crashes were speed limit violation, dangerous driving and lack of concentration.