By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Eight persons have been confirmed dead, while 36 others sustained injuries in an accident that occurred on the November 27 bridge, Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Saturday morning.
The fatal accident was said to have happened around 1:20am.
It was gathered that a Volvo FL7 truck with registration number KMC 35 ZJ was climbing the bridge when the driver lost control. The accident occurred at 1.20am.
It was further gathered that the truck, which carried kegs of palm oil and Kolanut heading to the north had 61 passengers with the driver on board.
The Osun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kudirat Ibrahim, who was at the scene said that the injured passengers were taken to the Osun State Teaching Hospital and Asubiaro General hospital in Osogbo.
She said: “The vehicle which was heavily loaded with jerry cans of palm oil and over 60 passengers was trying to ascend the bridge 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.
“Probable cause of the accident is overloading. 36 people were injured. eight people died and the truck had 61 people on board.”
Ibrahim added that the deceased have been taken to the mortuary.
The FRSC boss urged road users to always be road conscious and obey traffic regulations in order to avoid being caught in accidents that could lead to loss of lives and property.