Eighteen fatalities were recorded when a lorry and an 18-seater bus collided along the Akure-Owo Expressway in Ondo State on Saturday.
The Ondo State Police Command confirmed this in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph.
He said that the commercial bus was heading towards Abuja and the lorry was moving in the opposite direction when the crash occurred.
Joseph noted that the lorry swerved while trying to avoid a pothole on the road and had a head-on collision with the bus.
The impact of the collision caused the bus to erupt into flames, the police spokesman said.
According to Joseph, the 18 passengers on board the bus perished.
However, he said that the driver of the lorry and his motor boy vanished into thin air.
The statement read, “Today being June 8, at about 0330 hours, immediately after airport junction at Oba-Ile in Akure, there occurred a head-on collision between a lorry with registration No. GG 873 XM Lagos and an 18 passenger-seater bus with registration No. YLA 25 XU Adamawa.
“The 18 people burnt without a survivor, while the lorry driver and the motor boy ran away to unknown destination.
“The cause of the accident was as a result of the lorry dodging a pothole when it swerved and had a collision with the bus going to Abuja while coming from Owo.
“Effort to trace the fleeing driver of the lorry is ongoing.”