Four students of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, on Sunday, lost their lives in a car crash that happened along the Ilesha-Akure expressway. Eleven more others sustained serious injuries in the crash.
The students were returning from a religious programme held in Ibadan, Oyo State when the car crash occurred. On an eye witness account, the accident occurred at Ibulesoro town in Ifedore council area of Ondo state.
At the time of the report, the identities of the deceased students were yet to be ascertained. However, school authorities confirmed that the deceased were students of the university.
According to the eye witness, the car crash had occurred when the bus conveying the students skidded off the road while the driver was trying to avoid crushing a motorcycle which crossed the expressway carelessly.
He explained that the driver of the bus, who was on high speed, could not control the vehicle when the motorcycle crossed, and ended up crashing and killing the students.
The Ondo State police spokesman, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the accident, saying that policemen and Federal Road Safety Corps officials had responded swiftly to the accident and rushed those injured to hospital.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr Adegbenro, said the students were on a private religious trip when the accident happened. He said the management of the university was already aware of the accident and was in touch already with the Police on the matter.
He commiserated with the families of the deceased students and their colleagues. The President of the University Student Union Mr Segun Oladele, said those injured are responding to treatment in a nearby hospital while the identity of those that died are still unknown.
May their souls rest in perfect peace.