An eyewitness account stated that the driver of the bus was at high speed and about to overtake another vehicle when he lost control and collided with the truck on the motion on the other lane of the road.
Men of the Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the State Police Command were said to have been drafted to the area to ease the traffic congestion resulting from the fatal crash.
An officer of the FRSC told Channels Television that the crash was caused by speed limit violation and dangerous driving on the part of the bus driver.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami also confirmed the road crash, saying normalcy has since returned to the area as a result of the intervention of men of the command.
Meanwhile, the remains of the dead victims have been deposited at the mortuary in a nearby hospital; while those injured ones are also receiving treatment.
Eight persons have died following an accident involving an 18-seater Toyota bus along Iware-Wukari Expressway in Taraba State.
Confirming the incident to channels television via a telephone interview, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, said the accident was caused by a tyre burst which led to the driver losing control and somersaulting.
According to him, seven passengers died at the spot. The other person passed on while being conveyed to the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, for medical attention.
He said that the injured persons suffered varying degrees of injury such as fractures and bruises, adding that there was no first aid treatment administered on them.
It was also gathered that the two vehicles involved in the multiple accidents include a grey colour private Peugeot 406 salon car with registration number RBC 424 DW and a blue colour private Mazda 323 vehicle with registration number BWR 590 BJ.
This is even as the sector commander revealed that the two drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident had no national drivers’ licence.
According to him, items recovered from the scene of the crash included luggage, which he said had been handed over to the Police officers at Ajase Police Division.
He also said that the obstruction caused by the crash had been cleared, noting that corpses had been deposited at the mortuary in General Hospital Offa.
Six passengers have been confirmed following multiple accidents which occurred on Monday along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
The Ogun State Traffic Management Agency and Federal Roads Safety Corps, in confirming the accidents, disclosed that twelve other persons were injured.
According to a statement signed by a spokesperson for the FRSC in Ogun, Florence Okpe, a total of 38 persons were involved in the accidents caused by excessive speeding, dangerous driving and loss of control.
“A total of 38 persons were involved which comprised of 20 male adults, 13 female adults, 3 male children and 2 female children. 12 persons were injured, 8 male adults, 3 female adults and 1 female child,” the statement said.
It added that “A total of 6 deaths were recorded from the crash (4male adults, 1 male child and 1 female child). Three vehicles were involved in the accidents, including – a MITSUBISHI CANTER with registration numbers,XS595JJJ, MAZDA BUS E2000 with registration number LSR266YD and a MAZDA E2000 BUS with registration number LND01YE.
“The suspected causes of the multiple crash were excessive speed, dangerous driving and loss of control due to wrong Turing on the part of the Mitsubishi canter who was trying to negotiate a turning without observing the road and the Mazda bus loss control and crash on it,” she buttressed.
According to the statement, the injured victims were taken to the State Hospital, Abeokuta for medical attention while the corpses were deposited at the State Hospital Morgue.
“However, it was so unfortunate that the two victims (Kamaldeen and Damilare) were recovered dead from the river by the firemen.
“The victims from Ile-laru compound, Sabo-line area Ilorin with their colleagues went swimming at Asa-River before they were eventually drowned in the river and we handed over their bodies to their biological father, Alhaji Jamiu before leaving the scene of incidence.
“The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade Olumuyiwa, urged citizens particularly parents and teachers to keep monitoring their children’s movement, especially during this holiday period in order to avoid such terrible subsequent occurrences.”
Sources said that the boys, in the company of their playmates, had left for the riverside to have fun as was their usual practice before the tragedy.
Eight people have died in an accident involving three vehicles on Agulu Lake Bridge by Awka-Ekwulobia Road in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Director, Anambra State Fire Service, Engr. Martin Agbili, confirmed the incident on Tuesday via a statement made available to Channels Television, adding that the accident happened on Sunday.
According to the Fire chief, the accident was caused by wrongful overtaking and speed.
It was gathered that the crash involved a Mack truck with no registration number and a Mitsubishi L300 bus marked XA 857 UMN, carrying 14 passengers.
“At about 1627hrs (4.27 pm) of Sunday 26-12-2021, we (Anambra State Fire Service, Awka, Nigeria) received a distress call of fire incident at the Agulu Lake bridge.
“The fire outbreak was a result of head-on collision (road crash) involving a trailer (a full load of chipping), a Shuttle and a Mitsubishi Bus (all carrying a full load of passengers) due to wrong overtaking of one of the vehicles.
“Our fire truck and Firefighters were deployed to the fire incident scene immediately. About eight (8) passengers were confirmed dead while some others were rushed to the hospital,” he said.
Five school children were killed and several others were seriously injured when a gust of wind blew their bouncy castle into the air at an end-of-term party in Australia Thursday.
Police said the pupils at a primary school in Devonport, northern Tasmania were celebrating the last week of class before the Christmas break when they were thrown from a height of about 10 meters (33 feet).
Earlier police confirmed two boys and two girls from grades five and six — typically aged about 10-12 years old — were killed in the incident, with a fifth student later dying in hospital.
Several rescue helicopters and ambulances rushed to the scene after the incident, which occurred around 10 am local time on an otherwise sunny, early summer day.
Images from the school showed attending police officers in tears, and a swathe of blue tarpaulin sheets shielding what officers described as “a very confronting and distressing scene”.
A police investigation is underway. Distraught witnesses, friends, family, teachers and first responders are being offered counselling.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the incident was “just shattering” and “unthinkably heartbreaking”.
“Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns to such horrific tragedy, at this time of year, it just breaks your heart,” he said.
“I just want to say, to the parents and families and friends, all who were there, to the other young children there and witnessing these events, I just pray you’ll have great family around you and great friends and you can come through this horrific tragedy.”
The school had invited parents to volunteer for the event, which featured a wet play zone, a slide, an arts and crafts area, zorb balls and the bouncy castle.
“The purpose for the day is to celebrate a successful year and enjoy some fun activities with classmates,” the school, Hillcrest Primary, posted on its Facebook page.
That post was followed by the update: “There has been an accident on site at our school. We are closing the school for the rest of the day.”
“We ask that parents come to collect their children as a matter of urgency.”
The school has around 200 students
Local weather services had forecast “light winds” for the area, which sits on Tasmania’s rugged north coast, looking out across the frigid Bass Strait.
At least 53 migrants were killed Thursday in Mexico after the truck they were hiding in hit a retaining wall and overturned in the southern state of Chiapas, a major transit point for those trying to reach the United States.
Another 58 people also were hurt, three of them seriously, according to a preliminary report from the prosecutors in Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.
“So far, 53 people have died and three more are seriously injured,” the office said in a statement that also announced it was taking over the investigation of the incident.
The migrants were crammed into the truck, civil protection officials told reporters.
“According to the statements of the survivors, most of them are from Guatemala,” said Luis Manuel García, the Civil Protection director for Chiapas.
Officials said it appeared that the driver was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle on the highway connecting the city of Chiapa de Corzo with the state capital Tuxtla Gutierrez. He later fled the scene.
Local television images showed large numbers of ambulances, firefighters, and rescue workers gathered around the crashed vehicle, together with some confused and shocked migrants who were awaiting medical attention.
Bodies were wrapped in white sheets or other blankets.
State Governor Rutilio Escandon said the injured should get “prompt attention and assistance,” adding: “Law enforcement will determine who is responsible.”
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei pledged to provide any of his countrymen with consular assistance, including help in getting back home, in a message on Twitter.
His Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered his condolences on Twitter, calling the incident “very painful.”
The National Migration Institute, a department of the interior ministry, said in a statement that “humanitarian visitor cards” would be offered to survivors, in addition to humanitarian aid such as food and accommodation.
The INM will coordinate with local and federal authorities efforts “to provide consular assistance, identify bodies, cover funeral costs,” it said.
Finding A Way North
Moving undocumented migrants hidden in trucks is the most common method used by human traffickers operating along the border from Guatemala into Mexico. They then head north to the US border.
Other migrants have opted to join the so-called caravans, in which people travel much of the long journey on foot, subject to extreme weather in many regions of Mexico and the threat of drug cartels and other organized crime syndicates.
The Mexican branch of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has called for “alternatives” and legal pathways for migration in order to “avoid tragedies like this one.”
And Mexican immigration authorities said the survivors could be offered temporary permits to remain in the country for “humanitarian reasons” along with food and housing aid.
The flow of undocumented migrants, who are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries — mainly in Central America — has grown since President Joe Biden came to office with a promise to scrap the hardline border policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.
More than 190,000 migrants were detected by Mexican authorities between January and September, three times more than in 2020. Some 74,300 have been deported.
Divers recovered seven more bodies Sunday from a bus that was swept off a bridge by a flooding river in Kenya, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to more than 30.
The bus was taking a church choir and other revellers to a wedding in Kitui County on Saturday when it keeled over and sank beneath fast-flowing waters as the driver tried to navigate a submerged bridge.
Twelve passengers managed to scramble to safety but most aboard the stricken bus were unable to escape before it was swallowed by the muddy tide.
Kitui governor Charity Ngilu said 31 bodies had been retrieved since Saturday by military divers, but warned the toll could rise further as the search and rescue operation continued.
“Today we have been able to retrieve seven. We still have more bodies in the bus,” she told reporters late Sunday.
“It is very, very sad indeed. We have lost so many lives.”
It remains unclear how many passengers were aboard the bus when it tipped into the Enziu River, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of the capital Nairobi.
Witnesses said the driver had stopped to negotiate the river and was close to the other side when the bus was swept beneath the churning currents.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday sent his condolences to the families of the victims and urged Kenyans to be cautious on roads during the rainy season.
“Once again, the President wishes to remind Kenyans across the country to heed government advisory against attempting to cross swollen rivers, especially during the current rainy season,” read a statement from Kenyatta’s office.