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25 killed, 15 injured as tanker, truck collide in Kwara

Twenty-five people have been reportedly killed and 15 others injured in an accident around the Oko Olowo area on the Bode Saadu Expressway in Moro…

Twenty-five people have been reportedly killed and 15 others injured in an accident around the Oko Olowo area on the Bode Saadu Expressway in Moro LGA of Kwara State.

The accident, it was gathered, involved a petrol tanker with registration number: JJN 17 XW, a heavy-duty truck, and an 18-seater bus coming from Lagos.

Spokesperson for the state fire service, Hassan Hakeem Adekunle, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, said, “Investigation revealed that the petrol tanker, traveling from Niger State, was using the wrong side of the road, resulting in a head-on collision with a heavy-duty truck from Lagos State.

“The collision ignited a fire that consumed both vehicles and also affected an 18-seater bus from Lagos. Firemen diligently worked to quench the inferno, but unfortunately, 25 lives were lost and around 15 people were rescued with injuries.”

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When contacted, the state’s Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Stephen Dawulung, told our correspondent on the phone that, “I just came back from there and I’m preparing a report on it, which I will send to you later. But the number of casualties may not be up to that.”

 

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