No fewer than seven persons have been killed in a multiple auto crash at the Ewu hill axis on the Benin-Auchi expressway in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was gathered that 13 others also sustained varying degrees of injuries when a collision involving a commercial bus, two articulated trucks laden with cement and several other vehicles occurred.
The Public Relations Officer of the state sector command, Mr. George Otoaviokhai, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
Otoaviokhai stated that the fatal crash occurred on one of the lanes of the road at about 11am on Saturday.
Tragedy was said to have struck when the bus ran into one of the trucks, after an apparent brake failure.
Five of the victims, all adults, were said to have died on the spot, while two others died on their way to the hospital.
The accident was said to have grounded traffic for several hours before the intervention of operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
”According to the possible cause of the crash, it was break failure and speed violation.
“Thirty-eight people were involved. Thirteen were injured, seven persons died — six males and one female,” Otoaviokhai stated.
He added that while the remains of the deceased have been deposited at St. Lazarus Mortuary, those who were injured have been taken to Hope Clinic at Jattu, in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.