Leadership (Abuja)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: 18 Passengers Survive Auto Crash, Fire Guts Cement Factory

Five persons were seriously injured while 13 others narrowly escaped death yesterday in Abeokuta, the OgunState capital when an 18-seater Toyota Hiace Hummer bus somersaulted and ran into a fence.

The accident, which occurred at Oke- Ilewo, Abeokuta, involved a bus with registration number (Abuja) BR437GWA and with the inscription "Federal Assisted Mass Transit Scheme" was on its way to Sango in Ado-Odo Ota local government area of the state from Ibadan, Oyo State.

Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrived at the scene of the accident to rescue the passengers.

Five passengers who were severely injured were taken to the General Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta in the NSCDC ambulance vehicle with registration number CD 041A01.

An official of the NSCDC revealed that the driver of the bus took to his heels immediately after the accident occurred.

Further investigation however, revealed that the accident occurred due to brake failure.

One of the passengers who spoke with our correspondent, Lady Evangelist Atoyebi said the bus with an inscription of "FGN Assisted Mass Transit Scheme, managed by Urban Development Bank of Nigeria" was travelling from Ibadan to Sango before it eventually crashed into the fence near the OPIC Towers at Lalubu road in Abeokuta.

In a related development, about eight trucks were burnt in a fire outbreak at the premises of the Gateway Portland Cement factory in Abeokuta, the OgunState capital yesterday.

The fire which was alleged to have been caused by those suspected to be burning bush around the factory, started around 12pm was said to have ravaged the section where abandoned trailers were parked.

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