At least 10 persons have been reportedly killed and many others injured on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 as the brake system of a trailer failed and rammed into a market located at Owena, a boundary town between Osun and Ondo states.
It was in the same area that the Osun State coordinator of Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Special Marshal programme, Chief S. O. Adewale, was crushed to death.
It was gathered that the killer trailer was on its way to Akure, Ondo State, from Ilesha in Osun State when the incident happened killing the victims said to be traders, artisans and drivers, who came to transact businesses on both sides of the expressway.
Some lucky few who were reportedly rescued from the accident scene were rushed to the General Hospital in Ilesha.
The police and officials of FRSC from Ipetu-modu division later evacuated the corpses of the dead victims from the scene.
The wreckage of the accident was cleared by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.
A source who claimed to have witnessed the accident said the driver of the trailer and his assistant immediately disappeared to avoid lynching.
It is not clear if the fleeing duo sustained injuries from the crash, but it was learnt that some irate youths attempted to set the trailer ablaze but were stopped by some elders of the community.
The Head of Operations of FRSC, Mr. Jones Malomo, who confirmed the crash said it was instigated by a brake failure.
Malomo, who confirmed that some people were killed, was, however, not categorical on the number of deaths recorded, Vanguard reports.
According to him, it was the officials of the commission from Ipetumodu that carried out the rescue operation.