THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Edo State has confirmed that 53
persons were burnt to death in a road crash that occurred on Thursday
evening at Abudu town along Benin-Agbor-Onitsha Express road.
It said eight vehicles including one motorcycle were involved in the
accident. The FRSC listed the vehicles to include two commercial Toyota
Hummer buses, one Dyna truck, one tanker carrying petrol, one Ford bus
and one Toyota Corrolla.
An eyewitness said security agents and officials of FRSC watched
helplessly as the victims burnt to death as there was no fire service
station at Abudu town, headquarters of Orhiomwon Local Government Area
to rescue the victims.
A statement released by the FRSC, Edo State Sector Command on yesterday
said five other persons sustained injuries and had been taken to the
hospital for treatment. The statement said everyone in the two hummer
buses, Toyota Sienna,and Corolla car burnt to ashes.
It attributed the cause of the accident to break failure which led to
explosion from the tanker. The statement said health workers from the
local government authorities had been invited to take charge of the mass
burial of the victims. When contacted, the FRSC Sector Commander,
Samuel Olukoya, said he was on his way to Abudu to get first hand
information about the accident.