Residents of Sokponba Road, Benin City, Edo State capital were thrown into mourning as an early morning motor accident claimed the lives of about nine persons.
It was gathered from a source, who witnessed the accident, that it occurred at Ogbelaka Junction, when a tipper loaded with sand, collided with two buses, which were conveying passengers.
The sources stated that the fatality would have been more if the Bureau De Change operators by Erie Junction did not run for safety when vehicles that were trying to avoid the scene tried to crush them.
According to the account of the eyewitnesses, the tipper involved in the accident was trying to overtake another tipper, but lost control and collided with the two minibuses, killing many of the commuters on the spot.
The accident caused a traffic jam as the exit routes to Asoro Street, Eri and Ogbelaka were completely blocked, leaving commuters to trek long distances to their destinations.
While witnesses claimed to have counted at least nine corpses at the scene, the Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Bello Kontongs, when contacted, said only four people died in the accident.
“It involved a truck coming from upper Sakponba that lost control and ran into a white bus killing three people on the spot while one died on the way to the hospital. The injured victims have been rushed to the hospital for treatment,” Kontongs volunteered.