Tragedy struck in Osun State Sunday evening when seven lost their lives in an auto crash on Ibadan/Ife Expressway, just as 11 others sustained injuries.
The accident, which occurred at Gbongan around 5.30 p.m. was said to have claimed the lives of two siblings who were travelling outside Osun State.
Metro gathered the accident occurred when an 18-seater passenger bus lost one of its tyres, swerved off its lane and rammed into Toyota Sienna space bus.
Eyewitness informed Metro that in a desperate bid to control the vehicle, the driver of the passengers left its lane and collided with the bus which was on its way to Osogbo end of the road.
As a result of the heavy impact of the accident, Metro learnt that the commercial bus, conveying 16 passengers, immediately went in flames.
One of the people, who rescued the victims said “we managed to remove some of the passengers from the commercial bus, but about six people who were trapped in the vehicle got burnt.
“In the other private vehicle involved, one person died on the spot and the other occupant was brought out of the wreckage alive. I can’t confirm what later happened, but those who were injured were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife for treatment.
“From what we were told when the corpses were being evacuated, two children of same mother died in the commercial vehicle. The mother was travelling in another vehicle. She eventually met their bodies when she arrived at the scene of the crash,” he added.
When contacted, Osun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Umar Ibrahim, confirmed that seven lost their lives to the crash.