10 killed in road accident in central Nigeria

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Ten people were killed and eight others injured on Tuesday in a road accident in Nigeria’s central state of Kwara.

The accident occurred on the outskirts of Ilorin, the state capital on Tuesday afternoon when a black commercial Toyota Hiace bus lost control as a result of overspeeding and somersaulted on the road, said Jonathan Owoade, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kwara.

Owoade told reporters in a press briefing in Ilorin on Tuesday, “18 persons were involved and unfortunately 10 of them lost their lives and eight other persons injured.”

“The cause of the crash was as a result of speed violation,” he said.

The rescue team has taken the injured persons to a local hospital for treatment, he said.

He warned motorists against violating road safety guidelines and other road users, particularly commuters, to always caution commercial vehicle drivers against overspeeding.

Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad road conditions and reckless driving.

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