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FRSC blames excessive speed, wrongful overtaking as 19 die in Kwara crash


The vehicles involved in ghastly Kwara crash

The Federal Roads Safety Corps, FRSC said 19 people died while five others sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident involving a blue Iveco trailer with no registration and a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number LSD363YE at Kanbi village, new Jebba road in Kwara state last Thursday.

In a statement on Friday, the spokesperson for Kwara Command of FRSC, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the crash occurred at about 8pm on Thursday.

He added that preliminary investigation revealed that the ghastly crash occurred as a result of excessive speed and wrongful overtaking.

He said: “A total of 25 people were involved, comprising 13 male adults, five female adults, two female children and five male children. From this number, five people were injured (three male adults and two female adults), and 19 victims were killed (11 male adults, three female adults, three male children, and two female

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“The injured victims have been rescued to Orisun Ayo hospital. One corpse was deposited at the morgue of the same hospital while the remaining 18 dead bodies were claimed by the families of the deceased.”

Ogungbemide said the FRSC Corps Marshal, Shehu Mohammed, had expressed “displeasure over the alarming rate of recklessness of drivers who have continued to contravene established traffic regulations and causing undue harm to lives and unprecedented destruction to properties.”

“In line with his 2024 agenda for drastic reduction in road carnage’s, the Corps Marshal has directed Commanding Officers to intensify special patrol operations against these identified violations,” he added.

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