53 persons fared dead in Edo road accident

Not more than 53 persons have been confirmed dead by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in a motor crash that occurred on Thursday evening at Abudu town along Benin-Agbor-Onitsha express road.

It was reported that eight vehicles, including one motorcycle,were involved in the accident. Other vehicles are two commercial Toyota hummer buses, one Dyna truck, one tanker carrying petrol, one ford bus and one Toyota Corolla.

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.

A statement released by the FRSC Edo State Sector Command on Friday morning said five other persons sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

The statement said everyone in the two hummer buses, Toyota sienna, and corolla car burnt to ashes and attributed the cause of the accident to brake failure, which led to explosion from the tanker.

The statement said Health officers from the local government authorities have been invited to take charge of mass burial for the victims.

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