Nine die in Iseyin Oyo State road accident

Nine persons died in an auto crash which occurred between Saturday and Sunday at the Kara Market area on the Ibadan-Iseyin highway.

Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Oyo State, Paul Okoduwa, confirmed the figure on Sunday.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria that 25 persons were involved in the crash which resulted from overspeeding by two commercial vehicles.

Okoduwa told NAN that those that died were six males and three females, while nine males and six females sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Only one occupant did not sustain injuries, he said.

He said the buses were a Mazda with registration number YRE 124 XA and a Toyota Hiace with registration number BDJ 400 YK..

He added that the dead had been deposited in a mortuary at a private hospital while those who sustained injuries were being treated at Our Lady Hospital, Iseyin.

Okoduwa warned motorists to obey all traffic rules and drive within approved speed limits.

Meanwhile, Oba Abdganiy Adekunle, the Aseyin of Iseyin, has called on motorists to value human lives and exercise patience while driving.

He made the call while mourning victims of the auto crash.

“We also appeal to government to please call the contractor that constructed the road to put speed breakers at critical points.

“The ‘Serafu’ Market, the Kilometre Two Cattle Market, some villages where activities are high as well as the junction at the Iseyin Muslim Burial Ground need road signs.

“We believe that as the speed breakers have worked in reducing speed of motorists at the Ibadan end of this road, the same sanity will prevail at the Iseyin end as well and we shall not witness such waste of lives anymore,’’ he stated.

Raji also called on the leadership of the Park Management System in the state to caution commercial drivers, especially as the year runs to an end.

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