The Oyo state police command has confirmed that 26 persons were killed after two passenger buses collided and caught fire at the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, on Saturday.
Kunle Ajisebutu, spokersperson of the command, said that 11 others including three children sustained severe injuries.
“Corpses of the dead have been deposited at Adeoyo General Hospital, Yemetu, while the injured were taken to the Ibadan Central Hospital, and the University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan for medical attention,” he said.
“Police investigation has begun. The victims were evacuated by a combined team of police men from the Toll Gate Police Division and men of the FRSC.
“The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude visited the scene immediately.”
A witness had earlier told NAN that “all the passengers in the 18-seater buses were burnt beyond recognition”.
“Only a baby escaped death because the father threw him out through the window of the bus,” the witness was quoted as saying.
Yusuf Salami, the Oyo state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), had also confirmed the accident.