From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
No fewer than 20 people have been reportedly died while others sustained serious injuries in an inferno that resulted from an auto crash involving a fuel-laden truck at Bode-Saadu, Kwara North senatorial district area, Kwara state.
It was learnt that the incident occurred at about 9.30pm on Monday as the truck fell while attempting to negotiate the bad portion of the road.
An eyewitness account revealed that the truck subsequently burst into flame as it poured out its content which spread all over. houses and shops.
The Corpses of the deceased were said to have been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital(UITH) mortuary as at the time of filing this report.
The inferno, it was learnt also destroyed houses, shops and cows worth millions of naira.
As at the time of filling this report, it was learnt from residents that the fire was still on due to bad road that prevent fire service to reach the scene.
When contacted, the Information officer of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Oba Hassan Kadiri, said four of those injured who were brought to the hospitals had suffered about 85 degree burns and were already being transferred to different clinics after initial treatment at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital.
He said the number of those who sustained injuries was still high as there were still others victims who were yet to be transferred to the hospital from the accident scene.
Kadiri also explained that the Kwara state government had pledged to pick up the bills of the victims.
He said most of the victims were brought in while the commissioner for Health, Kayode Issa, was around and saw them and subsequently made the pledge on behalf of the government.
But the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mary Wakawa said only four people died in the accident.
The FRSC sector commander in a statement said, “last night a tanker caught fire at Bode Saadu at about 9.30pm. Eight people were involved, four of them died and four sustained serious injuries. It was a lone accident and we have been there since yesterday.
“The fire was still on as at this morning but it has come down. We have sent out our men to the site to clear the road for traffic.”