By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Tragedy struck on Thursday, February 26, 2016 after a tanker belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation lost control and crushed five traders to death at Akoda Junction, Ede, along Gbongan/Osogbo road in Osun state.
Our correspondent who visited the scene of the road mishap gathered that it occurred around 8:30pm on Thursday.
And eyewitness who identified himself as Bode informed our correspondent that the tanker driver was on high speed before he suddenly lost control of the truck after its break failed.
He added that the tanker rammed on some traders and travelers standing beside the road and killed them while some people sustained severe injuries.
Our correspondent spotted blood stains on the busy road as sympathisers thronged the scene while discussing the incident in hush tones.
As people wailed, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) stormed the crash scene to evacuate the bodies of the victims.
Another eyewitness who refused to disclose his name said the crash was so serious that the tanker got severely damaged adding that the casualty could have been more should the tanker was loaded with petroleum.
He said: “it happened at a time when some people who sell things to commuters and travellers were busy doing their business. Who knows, some of those killed might be travelers because some usually stand beside the road waiting for vehicles.”
Speaking, the Head of Operation, Federal Road Safety Corps, Osun Sector Command, Mr. Rufus Adewumi, said the accident was caused by over-speeding.
He said the tanker driver could not control the speed when the vehicle lost its break.
According to him, those who lost their lives in the crash include 2 male adult, 1 female adult, 1 male child and 1 female child.
Adewunmi added that 4 people were injured while one person who was trapped in the crash luckily escaped unhurt.
He then charged motorists to abide by the rules guiding road usage stressing that the FRSC command will, by April 1st, begin advisory enforcement of speed limiter to check over speeding.
Meanwhile, the damaged tanker which had no number plate when our correspondent re-visited the scene around 10am on Friday had been towed away.