Twelve persons have been confirmed dead while search continues for others in an accident that occurred near the entrance gate of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area Ondo State.
The accident was said to have occurred when a truck coming from Obajana in Kogi State lost control and rammed into some shops and crushed both students and traders.
Witnesses said 12 dead bodies have been taken to the mortuary while others were still in the rubble and heap of cement.
It was gathered that many of the victims were in the shops transacting business.
According to the witness, “the truck caused the accident due to brake failure. The driver lost control and the truck rammed into the shops’’
“The incident caused traffic gridlock at the busy road as many of the vehicles were held for hours in the town.
Ondo Police spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident but said eight bodies have been recovered from the scene of the incident.
Ikoro said efforts were on to recover other trapped victims who had been stuck inside some of the shops.