Osun: Three LAUTECH students die, many others injured in auto crash
By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
About three students of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Oyo State lost their lives on Wednesday night in a fatal accident that occurred in Osun state.
The driver of the 18-seater bus which caught fire at Ojutu area of Ilobu in Irepodun local government area of Osun State was also killed in the accident.
According to information gathered by our Correspondent, the students, who were final year students of Accounting Department were coming from an excursion in Erin-Ijesa Waterfall area of Osun State when the incident happened.
The incident occurred around Ilobu-Okinni-Osogbo road in Osun State while they were returning from their visit to the waterfall.
Eyewitnesses in the area disclosed that the Mazda bus burst into flame on speed and the three victims were burnt to death on the spot while five others sustained various burnt injuries.
She added that the three mobile phones recovered at the scene were handed over to the police.
It was learned that one of the deceased, Adedoyin Faith, was the first son of Majority Leader, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Sanjo Adedoyin (Sanjay).
The bus that conveyed the student caught fire and the cause of the accident is unknown as of the time of filing this report.
She added that some of the injured victims were taken to Uniosun Teaching Hospital in Osogbo while others have been taken to a private hospital in the town.
The LAUTECH Public Relations Officer, Mr Lekan Fadeyi also confirmed the accident in a terse statement issued on Thursday
He said lives were lost in the accident but could not confirm the numbers as he is yet to receive more information on the incident.
“I can confirm to you that there was an accident while some students passed on but I have not gotten the details of their identities,” the school spokesperson said
It was gathered that the students had organized an excursion to Erin-Ijesa Waterfall after their first-semester exam as part of their activities as final-year students.
Confirming the incident in a statement SRC Agnes Ogungbemi who spoke for the state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Commander Henry Benamaisia, said the incident was due to speed limit violation and loss of control.