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There was tragedy on Friday in Ekae community, Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, when a mass transit bus crushed a man to death and severed his head.
The incident was said to have occurred at about 12:30pm along Sapele road, Benin, the state capital.
An eyewitness in the area disclosed that the victim and a woman, believed to be his wife, were waiting to board a vehicle to Warri, Delta State, when the 50-seater bus, with number plate ED110-B28 and operated by the Edo State Government, veered off the road and knocked him down, killing him instantly.
The woman was said to have narrowly escaped being hit by the vehicle, while some of passengers on the vehicle were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury.
“They were waiting to board a bus to Warri when the Comrade Bus suddenly hit him.
“It look like the brake failed because of the way the bus just hit the man and removed his head. The man died instantly but the woman was lucky to jump and escape,” the eyewitness said.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Oluwasusi Familoni, who confirmed the incident, told our correspondent on the telephone that the identity of the deceased could not be ascertained at the time of the accident.
He, however, said the remains of the victim was deposited at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital.
“It happened at about 12:30pm involving a Comrade Bus along Sapele road. It killed a man that was travelling with his wife.
“But the body was deposited at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital. By the time we got there, the occupants of the vehicle had left,” Familoni added.