12 passengers burnt in Ibadan bus crash


From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Twelve persons were burnt to death at
Academy area on the Lagos-Ibadan
Expressway yesterday, Oyo State in a
Lagos-bound commercial bus that loaded
at Iwo Road.

Daily Sun gathered that the Hiace bus
somersaulted several times and went up in
flames. The bus driver was said to have
lost control when he tried to escape from
a task force of the National Union of Road
Transport Workers (NURTW).
Eyewitnesses said two ladies escaped
death. The 12 passengers were burnt to
death, as bystanders could not save them.
One of the survivors, who introduced
herself as Kemi, said she boarded the
vehicle at Oremeji Agugu. “After boarding,
we discovered that he (the driver) was
being pursued by the task force of the
NURTW, for contravening the laws of the
union. He was not supposed to pick
passengers by the roadside. He was
supposed to register at any of the
designated garages and parks.
“So, after picking us, they started pursuing
him. We begged him to stop for them but
he refused since we were about 14,
including the driver.”
An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity,
alleged that the bus used by the NURTW
task force drove away immediately the bus
started tumbling.
“I am sure they knew that they had killed
over 12 people just because the man did
not patronise them at their park. This is
sad. Government must do something
about this.”
But, a source in NURTW, argued that the
union members did not cause the accident,
saying: “Our task force don’t work on
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps
(FRSC) said only one person died in the
Spokesperson of FRSC, Oyo State
command, Mr. Seun Onijala, told Daily Sun
that only the driver of the Toyota Hiace
with registration number LAGOS XL 485
MUS, was “trapped and burnt beyond
Apart from the driver, other occupants of
the bus, according to Onijala, escaped,
adding that detailed investigation into the
incident would reveal the cause of the


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