Six persons have been confirmed dead following a tragic auto-crash on Tuesday evening along the Akure/Owo highway near the Akure Airport in Ondo State.
The accident occurred during a heavy downpour and involved a MAN diesel truck and a Toyota Sienna space bus with registration number FFN-310-PU.
It was gathered that the crash, which took place in the vicinity of the Akure Airport, also left one person injured.
According to sources, the space bus, which was said to be heading to Edo State, left the popular Benin Garage in Akure a few minutes before the accident occurred.
Commander Ezekiel SonAllah of the Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the accident, stated that at the time of the collision, there were eight individuals inside the two vehicles involved.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the FRSC revealed that the accident was caused by overspeeding and an ill-advised overtaking manoeuvre.
SonAllah stressed the importance of adhering to speed limits and proper overtaking procedures to prevent such tragic incidents.
Various items, including money and mobile phones, were found at the scene following the accident.
The FRSC Commander disclosed that the items have since been handed over to the police operatives stationed at Ogbese in Akure North Local Council.
“The six corpses have been deposited at the general hospital mortuary in Akure while obstruction has been cleared, and the vehicles, money, and phones have been handed over to the police,” he added.