Fiery Road Tragedy Claims Lives of LAUTECH Students and Driver

Fiery Road Tragedy Claims Lives of LAUTECH Students and Driver

A devastating accident occurred late Wednesday evening on the Osogbo/Ifon/Oyo Boundary road, as a bus transporting final year students from Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, back from a picnic, resulted in the loss of two lives due to a fiery blaze.

The accident unfolded near Ojutu Bridge in Ilobu, involving a bus carrying the students and two other individuals. Tragically, two of the occupants lost their lives in the fire that ensued.

Swift response came from the operatives of the Osun Ambulance Scheme after receiving a distress call from the accident scene. Five individuals were successfully rescued from the fiery wreckage, with the emergency responders preventing further escalation of the blaze.

A resident of Okinni, identified as Adeyanju, provided some context to the accident, explaining that the driver of the bus had collided with a commercial motorcyclist in the town. In an attempt to evade the anger of some enraged residents who were chasing him, the driver lost control of the vehicle a few meters from Ojutu Bridge, leading to the bus overturning and catching fire.

According to Elizabeth Arowosafe, the Head of Operations for the Osun Ambulance Scheme, they received the distress call at approximately 9:50 pm on Wednesday. She explained that the driver's decision to speed away after the initial collision in Okinni ultimately resulted in the tragic accident.

Arowosafe expressed her condolences and stated, "The driver, along with a lady and a male student, lost their lives in the fire. We were able to rescue 5 people, whom we rushed to UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital in Osogbo. The hospital provided commendable care, to the extent that there was insufficient space to accommodate the injured individuals, and we had to leave one of our stretchers for their use."