At least eight persons have been confirmed dead as a fully loaded trailer descended on the popular November 27 Interchange Bridge, in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Saturday morning.
It was learnt that the tragedy occurred around 1:20am as the driver of the Volvo FL7 truck with registration number KMC 35 ZJ suddenly lost control while climbing the bridge.
The overload truck which was conveying palm oil and Kola nut to the north has 61 passengers with the driver on board.
Confirming the incident, the Osun State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Kudirat Ibrahim, told newsmen that the injured passengers have been taken to the Osun State Teaching Hospital and Asubisro General hospital in Osogbo.
She said, “the vehicle which was heavily loaded with Jerry cans of palm oil and over 60 passengers was trying to ascend the ramp but started rolling backwards and lost control. It fell sideways into the side drainage, throwing off the jerry cans over the passengers and killed some in the process.”
She added that the dead have been taken to mortuary.
She implored road users to be conscious always and obey traffic regulations to avoid being caught in accidents that could lead to loss of lives and property.