A middle-aged pregnant woman was burnt to death yesterday after a commercial bus in which she was riding somersaulted and burst into flames at Omi-Adio on the Ibadan-Abeokuta expressway.
It was further gathered that eight other persons were trapped in the Toyota Liteace commercial bus which was taking passengers from Apata to Omi Adio on the one-lane expressway.
According to a witness, the driver lost control after the shaft of the vehicle pulled off, making the bus to somersault several times and the passengers numbering 10 were still trapped in the wreckage when it went up in flames.
He added that as sympathisers struggled to rescue the victims, the pregnant woman, who sat in the front seat, became unconscious and was caught by the fire with the other passengers in the bus.
Officers from the Apata Ibadan unit of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and from the traffic section of the Omi Adio Divisional Police Station assisted in recovering the victims from the ditch where the bus had plunged and the injured with burns were taken to Alaafia Hospital, Apata where they are receiving treatment.
The remains of the pregnant woman was deposited at the Adeoyo State Hospital morgue, Ring Road, Ibadan. A police officer from Omi Adio Police Station attributed the accident to speeding and poor maintenance culture among commercial vehicle operators. FRSC Unit Commander for Apata Unit, Honey Ogundayo, confirmed the incident saying four of the victims were rescued by the FRSC officials.
“When we got the call, we went to the scene immediately. We were able to rescue four people. We also placed a call to the fire service but unfortunately, we lost the pregnant woman.
We rushed the other people who were injured to the hospitals. Some of them are in the Alaafia Hospital. The man who was identified as the driver was also rushed to the hospital. We tried our best to rescue the victims,” Ogundayo said.