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5 killed, 9 injured in Ekiti auto crash

Published by Tribune on Fri, 29 Aug 2014

No fewer than five traders, mostly women, died in an early morning accident in Ado Ekiti on Thursday when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with another vehicle driven by students of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (EKSU).The accident which occurred at Irasa Village near the university campus at Ado-Iworoko road, also left nine others critically injured.The incident which was said to have occurred at about 4:15am, was between a grey colour Mazda car with a registration number Lagos KJA 608 CD driven by one of the students and a white Nissan saloon car with registration number Osun AA 529 FTD.Sources said the EKSU students were coming from a dinner organised by some final year students before the accident with a commercial car loaded with food stuffs coming from Ora-Ekiti.While witnesses claimed that five women in the commercial vehicle died on the spot and the driver in a critical condition, the police said three passengers were in the vehicle with the driver and that two of them were the women that died on the spot while the driver of the car was seriously injured.The villagers and the policemen attached to Iworoko division led by their Divisional Police Officer (DPO) intervened with axes to save the lives of the students as they were trapped in their car.The Public Relations Officer of EKSU Students' Union, Miss Priscilla Afolabi, said the students were seriously injured 'but are responding to treatment.'Afolabi said: 'They are our colleagues, coming from a dinner. None of them died, they are eight in number, five females and three males. They were coming from a popular hotel near the university, venue of the dinner when the incident happened.'The Police Relations Officer of Ekiti State Police Command, DSP Victor Babayemi, while confirming the incident, said only two people were dead in the accident and they are the women traders from Ora-Ekiti, who were coming to Ado-Ekiti and their bodies had been deposited at the state morgue.Babayemi said nine others who were students of Ekiti State University (EKSU) and the driver of the commercial vehicle were currently receiving treatment at the state teaching hospital.
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