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13 police recruits killed in auto accident

21 January 2013, 10:09

No fewer than 13 police recruits were burnt to death while six others were critically injured in an auto accident on Sunday in Omu-Aran, Kwara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the newly posted  recruits were said to be on their way  to Nassarawa State when the accident occurred at about  10 a.m.

The accident occurred  on the  Omu-Aran-Ilofa road at  the same spot where a commercial motorcyclist  died  in an auto accident in  December 2012.

NAN reports that an unspecified number of women were among  the dead in the accident involving an 18-seater bus and a Mercedes Benz 190 model.

Most  of the occupants of the bus,  which took off from Ilorin,  were said to be of Kwara origin and  had just finished their police training.

NAN gathered that they  were on an exchange posting to Nassarawa State.

According to an eye witness, the Mercedes Benz car marked AC 345 DKA was heading toward Omu-Aran before  it had an head-on collision with the bus close to  the Federal Government College.

The number plate of the bus  was squeezed to pulp following the impact of the accident  making identification impossible.

Another eyewitness and auto mechanic, Mr Adekunle Azeez,  told NAN that the driver of the  car, who was  critically injured, had  lost grip of the steering wheel and rammed  into the bus.

"The car was on top speed on its way toward Omu-Aran and I think the driver lost grip of the steering wheel  and swerved  before ramming into the bus

"The bus immediately caught fire," he said.

The 13 corpses, which were burnt beyond recognition, had  been deposited at the morgue by officials  of the FRSC.

Those who sustained  injuries were taken  to the Omu-Aran General Hospital for treatment.

The Divisional Police Officer in  Omu-Aran, Mr Rasak Adebayo, confirmed the incident and said his command had started investigations.

- NAN

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