Sad news coming from Osogbo part of Osun State is quite distressing and has thrown people of Osogbo into a state of mourning.
Not less than eight persons have reportedly died and 36 others injured following a palm oil-laden truck that tumbled into a ditch in the early hours of today, May 1.
Reports suggest that the traders were among the major occupants who were sleeping on the truck when the accident occurred. It was gathered that the Volvo FL7 with registration number KMC 35 ZJ was climbing up the November 27 overhead bridge opposite the NECO office when the driver lost control of the truck.
The truck descended the overhead bridge as it was not able to ascend and plunged into the ditch. One of the survivors said;
“The accident happened around 2 am when some of us were sleeping on top of the kegs of palm oil in the truck.
The truck fell into the ditch and about 10 of us were killed while others have been taken to Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo and one other public hospital”
The spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Osun State, Agnes Ogungbemi confirmed the incident saying 36 people sustained serious injuries and eight persons couldn’t survive the incident. In a nutshell, over 60 passengers on board were involved in the accident.
“The suspected cause of the accident was overload. The injured victims were taken to Osun State Teaching Hospital and Asubiaro Hospitals. Arrangements are ongoing to convey the dead victims to a mortuary.
The vehicle which was heavily loaded with Jerry cans of palm oil and over 60 passengers was trying to ascend the ramp but started rolling backward and lost control. It fell sideways into the side drainage, throwing off the jerry cans over the passengers and killed some in the process,”