By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
A tanker loaded with PMS belonging to Total Plc Nigeria has claimed the life of the Coordinator, Special Marshal of the Osun State Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Chief Ojo Adewale, along the Owena-Ilesha expressway, near Ondo State.
The petrol tanker with registration number Kwara FFA 678 FA also crushed at least ten persons to death. The people were mainly traders and buyers selling or buying goods by the roadside around the Owena Market.
Adewale’s wife was said to have also sustained injuries in the crash and is currently receiving treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital in Ile Ife. Adewale was said to have packed by the road buying fruits and food items for his family when the truck lost control and ran into his car.
Eyewitnesses told WESTERN POST on Thursday that the driver of the tanker lost control of its brake and immediately ran into the Owena Market.
The content in the truck was still intact as at the time our correspondent got to the scene of the incident. Owena is about 15 kilometres drive to Akure, the state capital.
WESTERN POST gathered that the driver of the tanker was on his way to Akure, from Lagos, to deliver 33,000 litres content of petrol when the accident occurred. Most of the affected victims were rushed to the State General Hospital but some were confirmed dead by doctors.
Debris from the scene was still visible when our correspondent visited the scene as some traders wore mournful look to express their sadness.
Speaking on the matter, the son of the dead FRSC Commander, Ayodeji Adewale, said his father lost his life to the accident after paying him visit in Owo.
“My father was returning to Osun State after he had visited me in school at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, when he lost his life to the accident,” he said. Mr. Jones Malomo, Head of Operation of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Ondo State Command, confirmed the incident to journalists.
Malomo said the accident was caused by a mechanic fault from the petrol tanker and made the driver to lose control of his driving.
“The tanker had a brake failure and tried to manoeuvre but unfortunately he rammed into market and crushed some roadside traders,” he said.
The remains of the FRSC Commander and those of other deceased have been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State.