By Abimbola Akindunbi & Adekola Afolabi
No fewer than 17 passengers aboard an Abuja 18-seater commercial bus, yesterday sustained varying degrees of injuries, when their bus swerved off its lane in a bid to overtake a car.
The accident which occurred adjacent Shagari Village’s first gate, along Ilesha/Owo expressway, about 7.00am on Sunday, involved an 18-seater Toyota bus and a Nissan car with number plate Abuja XJ 999 RBC and Lagos DN 804 LSR respectively.
This is coming barely three weeks after an accident which claimed some lives, occurred on the same spot.
The Sector Commander, Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Rotimi Adeleye, who confirmed that about 17 persons were seriously injured in the accident, also attributed the crash to human errors, particularly over speeding.
He advised commercial drivers to install speed limit device in their vehicles to prevent road carnage and ensure the safety of passengers
According to him, any commercial driver who fails to install the speed limit device in his vehicle will be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law.
The Hope Metro gathered that the Abuja/Lagos-bound bus suddenly overtook the car, traffickating to the left, from the rear left, and rammed into the fence of a nearby fuel station along the road. The crash was said to have happened about 7.00am on yesterday.
The Hope Metro was at the scene shortly after the accident occurred and met rescuers forcing the doors of the bus open to rescue the victims.
It was obvious that virtually all the passengers sustained severe injuries, such that some of them were laid on the floor, crying for help, while blood was gushing out of their faces, hands and legs.
One of the victims lying helplessly on floor, whose leg had broken, cried that sympathisers should quickly take them to the nearest hospitals for medical attention.
It took the efforts of The Hope Metro to put a call across to officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC) who came to their rescue.
Meanwhile, motorists and commuters plying the Ilesa-Owo express road in Akure have called on the state government to do something to curb incessant cases of carnage in affected areas.