In Oriire Local Government Area of Oyo State, a tragic auto crash on Friday claimed the lives of three revered traditional rulers.
The incident involved a Benz E230 with the plate number OLODOGBO colliding with a commercial Scania Truck bearing registration number 301 XF at Aje Iye.
Shockingly, two of the monarchs succumbed to their injuries immediately, while the third ruler passed away a few hours later at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, where he was urgently taken.
Tragically, this was not the only incident that marred the day, as reports indicate that another accident occurred on the same day, leaving nine individuals injured. The community is now grappling with the somber aftermath of these unfortunate events, as investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crashes unfold.
One of the eyewitnesses, Olawoyin Adekunle, said, “Six passengers were involved in the crash, but the three survivors are undergoing treatment at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital. The affected passengers were going for a social function at the nearby community when the accident occurred.
“The affected monarchs are Olodogbo of Odogbo, Onibowula of Bowula and Alayetoro of Ayetoro in Oriire Local Government.”
When contacted, the state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Joshua Adekanye, confirmed the incident and said, “It was a head on collision involving a private and commercial vehicles on Ogbomoso-Oyo Wxpressway. The survivors are undergoing treatment at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital while the corpses of the victims have been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.”
In a related development, Adekanye also confirmed that nine out of the 13 persons suffered varying degrees of burnt when a truck caught fire on Ogbomoso-Oyo Expressway on the same day
He added that no life was lost but the injured ones are receiving treatment in the hospital.