The victims were coming from a church program
The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, on Thursday in Benin confirmed the death of eight persons in an auto crash at the Ugbogui axis of the Benin-Ore-Lagos Expressway.
The FRSC Tollgate Unit Commander, Adewale Ameen, confirmed the incident to journalists.
He said the accident involved an 18-seater bus with registration number CT 874 FST and a Mercedes Benz truck(MUS 570 SS) belonging to a Pentecostal church.
Mr. Ameen, who said that the accident happened early Wednesday, attributed it to fatigue on the part of the bus driver.
He said the driver rammed the bus into a stationary truck while driving from Lagos to Benin.
“Although the bus driver survived, eight passengers in the bus died’’, he said.
The unit commander explained that “it was an avoidable accident because the truck parked well away from the road.
“From my interaction with the survivors, they had consistently warned the diver about his recklessness before the accident occurred.
“They were coming from Lagos after an all night prayer session before the accident,” Mr. Ameen said.