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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed that 53 persons were lost their lives in a fatal road crash that occurred on Thursday evening, December 8, at Abudu town along Benin-Agbor-Onitsha express road.
Earlier report on The Punch had indicated that the fatal road crash occured after two cash loaded bullion vans ram into a tanker.
But according to fresh report on The Nation, the accident was caused due to a brake failure from the tanker which led to explosion.
The report added that eight vehicles, including one motorcycle,were involved in the accident.
Other vehicles are two commercial Toyota hummer buses, one Dyna truck, one tanker carrying petrol, one ford bus and one Toyota Corolla.
According to an eyewitness, security agents and officials of FRSC watched helplessly as the victims burnt to death as there was no fire service station at Abudu town.
However, a statement released by the FRSC Edo State Sector Command on Friday morning, December 9, said five other persons survived the incident but sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
The statement said everyone in the two hummer buses, Toyota sienna,and corolla car burnt to ashes.
The FRSC Sector Commander, Samuel Olukoya, said he was on his way to Abudu to get first-hand information.
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Several people have been feared dead following a fatal road crash involving two cash loaded bullion vans and a tanker in Abudu, Orhionnwon LGA in Edo, on Thursday, December 8, The Punch reports.
It was gathered that not only were lives lost, millions of naira got burnt after the bullion vans collided with the tanker.
The cash loaded bullion vans went ablaze after colliding with the tanker, a source revealed.
Two commercial buses were also affected in the fatal crash.
However, shortly after the crash, security men were mobilised to the scene to prevent more damages. The road crash also led to heavy traffic.
Reacting to the incident, Haliru Gwandu, the Edo state commissioner of police, Haliru Gwandu, said he only received the report of a fatal accident in Abudu.
He denied any knowledge about two cash loaded bullion vans going up in flames
Gwandu said he only received a report about a fatal accident from DPO in Abudu.
The accident in Edo state comes just days after 13 people lost their lives in a fatal road crash which occurred along the Ilorin/Ogbomoso expressway.
The accident involved a truck and a hummer bus coming from Kaduna state.