Seven persons lost their lives on Wednesday in an accident that occurred along the Iluomoba-Aisegba highway in Ekiti State.
THE DAILY VENDOR learnt that the accident occurred when an 18-passenger bus had a head-on collision with a Toyota car.
Two persons were said to have died on the spot, while other victims were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Confirming the incident, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ekiti State, Olusola Joseph, said that a total of 17 persons were involved in the accident.
He explained that the corpses of the seven passengers had been deposited in the morgue.
He warned motorists against excessive speeding, noting that it was responsible for the unwarranted road accidents claiming the lives of people in the state.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Moronkeji Adesina, said the police would continue to prioritise safety of lives and properties of residents as she advised them to abide by the traffic rules in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, in a statement, said Adesina explained that the command had observed the recurring road accidents in the state.
The statement said, “Analysis of data had shown that the main causes of the accidents were speed violation, wrongful overtaking, light and sign violation, dangerous driving, tyres bursting, bad vehicle and motor maintenance culture, lack of proper driving education, driving under influence, overloading and fatigue.
“In view of this, the command shall emplace tougher control measures to check improper and reckless driving. Members of the public, especially motorists and motorcycle riders are therefore enjoined to avoid reckless driving, over speeding, driving against traffic lights and signs, one way driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and other traffic offences to avoid arrest and prosecution.”