Eight persons were yesterday killed and seven others sustained life threatening injuries along Asaba-Benin Expressway in a motor accident, involving a commercial bus travelling on the busy highway near Agbor in Delta State.
The accident, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, might have occurred due to the driver’s fatigue, as he was unable to control the vehicle when it veered out of the expressway into the bush.
The deceased included six males and two females while a toddler was among the seven victims who sustained severe injuries.
The driver of the bus was said to have lost control of the vehicle on the Itakpe-Aladja Bridge, resulting in the fatal accident.
The commercial bus with registration number BMA 524 XA was said to be heading towards Asaba when the accident occurred.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and sympathisers at the scene took the injured passengers to a private clinic for medical attention while bodies of the victims were deposited at the Agbor mortuary.
The state sector commander of the FRSC, Mr. Kuven Random, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the vehicle carrying the passengers fell from a bridge, and landed on a road around Agbor, killing eight occupants on the spot, with several others severely injured.
Random said bodies of the victims have been deposited at Agbor General Hospital mortuary, warning that overspeeding in most cases, had been the bane of frequent road crashes.