Arrangements have been concluded to bury en masse victims of last Friday’s fatal auto accident that occurred at about 1.30 pm at Igbogui village, located on the Benin-Ore-Lagos expressway.
Authorities of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), disclosed this on Monday.
While sympathising with relatives of the accident victims, a brief statement signed by the Hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Kehinde Ibitoye, said “the management is left with no option, because the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
The statement noted that it was “not in the best interest of the Hospital and its immediate environs to continue to keep such bodies.”
Over 60 persons were burnt beyond recognition when an articulated truck belonging to a cement company, fully loaded with cement (with registration number GA 71 XA),collided with an a tanker fully laden with petrol, which in turn, ran into a luxury bus marked “The Young Shall Grow,” said to be fully loaded with passengers.
Tongues of fire from the oil tanker consumed the luxury bus before spreading to other vehicles parked along the road and nearby buildings.
Two brothers who were said to be sleeping inside one of the burnt buildings when the accident occurred, also died.