5 kinsmen burnt to death in Edo auto crash

Tragedy has struck Udeni community in Uhunmwode local government area of Edo state following the death of five of its leaders  in a fatal road crash.

The accident reportedly occurred at Egba junction along the  Benin –Auchi express way  at about 7.30pm on Saturday night.

The victim were said to be returning to the community after attending a funeral ceremony of an in-law to one of the community leader in Benin City, the State capital.

Four of the occupants were said to have been immediately burnt to death while another victim simply identified as Jerry died at the Hospital on Sunday.

A survivor of the crash who simply identified himself as Best,  said: “We were heading home along Egba junction when one a saloon car crossed the path of our 18 seater  Hiace bus.

“In an attempt  to avoid  hitting  the vehicle,  our driver lost control and hit the pavement divider on the road and in the process, our bus fell and burst into flame. “

Some other victims with varying degrees of injuries are said to be receiving medical attention at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) hospital.

The sector commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Edo state, Henry Benamaisia, confirmed the incident.

Benamaisia however, said the command recorded three deaths while others were rushed to the hospital.

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