At least 12 passengers and their driver were burnt to death after the Toyota Hiace bus they were travelling in somersaulted and went up in flames.
The accident occurred in Ibadan, along the Iwo Road (Ibadan)-Lagos expressway. The bus was on its way to Lagos.
It was gathered that two ladies in the bus escaped death as they were able to squeeze themselves out of the bus before the fire started.
PMParrot.com reports that the visibly shaken ladies tried to give details of what led to the calamity before they were taken to the hospital.
One of them identified as Kemi told the medium:
“We boarded the bus at Oremeji Agugu. After boarding, we discovered that he was being pursued by the task force of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, who, we were told, were not happy with him for contravening the laws of the union. He was not supposed to be picking passengers by the roadside. He was supposed to register at any of the designated garages and parks.
“So, after picking us, they started to pursue him. We begged him to stop for them but he refused since we were about 14 including the driver in the vehicle.”
Onlookers tried to help but it was too late.
People could not identify the vehicle chasing the bus as it reportedly sped off when the occupants saw the disaster.
An eyewitness was quoted as saying:“we cannot tell how the vehicle the NURTW official used in pursuing the ill fated bus looked, they drove away immediately they saw the vehicle tumble. They just continued driving. I am sure they know that they have killed over 12 people just because the man did not patronize them at their motor park. This is sad. Government must do something about this”.