The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Biu has cautioned against conveyance of explosive materials like gas cylinders in passenger vehicles.
The warning is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem on Saturday in Abuja.
Biu also warned drivers against excessive speed to avoid crashes while on the road. The corps marshal said that the measures were necessary to save lives.
The warning was in reaction to the fatal crash opposite Mat Oil, Ode-Omu in Osun on Friday.
The crash involved a white commercial Mazda Bus with registration number APP 834 XT and a white Lexus Jeep registered LSR 304 HW.
Sixteen people, including five children were burnt to death while four others survived with severe burns.
Biu said that investigation conducted into the crash revealed that it was caused by speeding which led to loss of control.
He added that the impact of the crash triggered the gas cylinder being conveyed in the bus to explode and consume 16 lives.
The FRSC boss said that the burnt bodies have been evacuated and deposited at the morgue of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.
He added that the evacuation was carried out by FRSC rescue team in collaboration with police personnel from Odeomu Division.
Recall that 16 persons lost their lives in Friday’s accident that occurred on the Ode-Omu highway as confirmed by the Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Henry Benamesia, on Saturday in Osogbo.
Benamesia said the accident occured at about 6 p.m., around Mat-Oil area, at Ode-Omu Community in the metropolis.
According to him, the accident was caused by excessive speed and lack of adherence to traffic regulations by the two drivers.
He said that the accident involved a commercial vehicle, Mazda, with Reg. No. APP 834 XT, and a Lexus Jeep, with Reg. No. LSR 304 HW.
He further said that the deceased comprised 11 adults and five children, who were burnt beyond recognition.
Benamesia further said that their remains had been deposited at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital’s morgue in Osogbo.
He said that the FRSC rescue team, in collaboration with other sister-agencies, including the Police from Odeomu Division, carried out the evacuation.
He said that the wreckage had since been evacuated to prevent traffic gridlock on the road.