Five Katsina state indigene, all male, were killed when a white bus with registration number KTN 262YJ had a head on collision with an articulated truck at about 3a.m Tuesday along Alaro City, Epe, Lagos state.
Controversies however surround the casualty figures as both the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Lagos state Emergency Management Agency (LASEM) reeled out conflicting figures of the accident victims.
The FRSC said the crash, which occurred due to impaired visibility as a result of reckless driving within a construction corridor on the road claimed the lives of 16 male adults and injured five while LASEMA affirmed that only 5 people lost their lives.
FRSC Public Education Officer, Olabisi Sonusi, in a statement said that, “A total number of 23 male adults were involved in the crash that claimed the life of 16 male Adult, the 5 injured were taken to the hospital by FRSC rescue team.”
Bisi added that two people were rescued without any injuries while the vehicles involved in the crash were a white bus with and an articulated truck.
“FRSC operatives and other emergency management agencies are on ground ensuring prompt recovery and evacuation of all crashed vehicles,” she said.
In a preliminary report, permanent secretary, LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu told reporters that: “Upon arrival of the LASEMA Response Team, LRT Whale’s Squad at Epe at the incident scene, it was revealed that a truck conveying sand had a head on collision with a hummer commuter bus with 6 passengers on board.
“Furthermore, the two vehicles got burnt as a result of the impact of the collision. Unfortunately, 5 adult males (all from Katsina state) were burnt beyond recognition.”