22 people burnt to death in auto crash in west Nigeria

15:19, December 13, 2009      

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Twenty-two people died in a motor accident on the Maya-Iseyin road in west Nigeria's Oyo State, the Tribune newspaper reported on Sunday..

The accident, involving a Cabster truck and an 18-passenger bus, occurred around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Adiekola-Maya end of the road, when the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision, leaving all passengers burnt to death.

Those believed to be in the bus were friends and associates of the former secretary to the Oyo State government, Sharafadeen Alli, all going to attend a function with him at the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Alli was seen at the scene, with his associates lamenting the tragic incident.

The driver of the truck and three other colleagues in the truck also got burnt.

The ensuing inferno raged for about two hours, leaving other road users helpless before a detachment of police arrived at the scene. All were burnt beyond recognition.

Source: Xinhua
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