No fewer than 15 persons have been crushed to death in a devastating automobile accident in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.
The accident involved a trailer traveling from the Lokoja-Okene road that collided with a fully occupied commercial bus.
The collision was the result of a brake failure on the part of the trailer, leading to the fatal crash with a Toyota bus, resulting in the loss of 15 lives, as reported by PUNCH. The deceased victims were taken to the mortuary, while the injured were rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention.
Etsako East Local Chairman, Hon. Benedicta Attoh, confirmed the tragic incident and expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the community of Okpella. She also wished for a speedy recovery for those injured in the accident.
In a statement from her Chief Press Secretary, Ben Atu, she said, “It is with a deep sense of sorrow that I commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in a fatal motor accident along the Ewo Market Road in Okpella on Monday, September 25th, 2023.”
She continued, “Indeed, their deaths have caused great sorrow for their families. I wish to let the families of the victims know that our thoughts and prayers are with them in this moment of grief. It is not the will of God that we die before our time, but when something like this happens, who can question God.”
She concluded with a heartfelt prayer for the departed souls and the affected families, hoping for strength and solace during this difficult time.