No fewer than 17 persons were burnt to death on Friday in an accident involving a Mazda bus and a tanker at Ishara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.
Umar explained that the accident occured at 5:00am , saying that number of people involved in the accident could not be ascertained.
He added that the accident was caused by route violation and dangerous driving which resulted into head on collision and thereafter fire outbreak.
He stated that the command could not really ascertained which of the vehicles was at fault, saying that bus was coming from Lagos while the tanker was coming from Ibadan.
He said that the two vehicles involved are a Mazda bus marked ZT 28 KLD and a tanker whose vehicle make was unknown.
The FRSC boss added that only one male, one female and one female child could only be identified out of the deceased.
He noted that the vehicles were partially obstructing the service lane.
Umar stated that the Nigeria Police, Isara and the FOS Morgue, Isara had been informed of the incident.
The sector commander described the crash as an avoidable one if cautions were put in place and traffic rules and regulations were obeyed.
He commiserated with the family of the crash victims and enjoined them to contact FRSC Ogere for more information about the crash.