A road accident that occurred at Ute village along the busy Benin-Lagos bypass in Edo state has claimed seven lives according to a report by The Sun.
According to eye witnesses accounts, a Toyota Hiace bus conveying passengers from Lagos rammed into a trailer parked by the road side.
The accident reportedly occurred around 12.30pm in the afternoon. There was speculation that the bus lost control and hit the truck.
Confirming the accident, the Edo state police command public relations officer, DSP Stephen Onwochei, said the bodies of the victims had been taken to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) mortuary.
He said the dead are four females and three males, including the driver of the passenger bus. He advised drivers to drive with care during and after the ember months.
The spate of accidents on Nigerian roads these past few days is worrisome. On Wednesday, September 2, fourteen people died and many others were injured at Ogunmakin on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in two crashes, according to authorities.
On the same day, a heavy duty container skidded off the Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos and landed on two private cars, crushing the occupants of the vehicles.
A day later, another accident claimed the lives of 11 bus passengers and a driver who were travelling from Lagos to the eastern part of the country.
Meanwhile, a recent report by relevant authorities has revealed that more than 120 Nigerians have died from accidents involving fuel tankers and articulated vehicles in the last five months.