by Isi Esene
The victims of the fatal accident which happened at Ugbogui, along Benin-Lagos road on Friday might be given a mass burial due to the difficulty in identifying their bodies.
The bus in which they were travelling was reportedly engulfed in fire after a fuel tanker which was hit by a truck exploded. Reports say most of the occupants of the bus were burnt to ashes.
Families of the victims are being allowed into the University of Benin Teaching Hospital mortuary to try and identify the bodies loved ones while the police authorities wait for directives from higher authorities on how to treat the bodies.
The State Police Commissioner, Folusho Adebanjo said relatives have started showing up to collect corpses of their love ones. He said time would be given for relatives to identify corpses and added that the manifest showed that 36 persons died in the fire.
According to Jonas Agwu, a Federal Road Safety Corp official, the bus originated from Jibowu, Lagos, and was heading to Enugu, Enugu State when it was involved in the unfortunate incident. Three passengers reportedly survived the accident with severe burns.
An official of the FRSC said they would soon remove the vehicles from the highway to ease traffic movement.
He advised transport owners to adhere strictly to the directive from the FRSC that makes it mandatory for all transporters in the country to always make sure that they register the name of all intending passengers