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Twenty bus passengers burn to death after crash in Nigeria

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ore than 20 bus passengers were burnt beyond all recognition when their vehicle crashed into another and burst into flames in southwest Nigeria.

Only two badly burned people survived the horror accident at Lanlate in Ibarapa area of Oyo state on Friday, the latest road crash in the vast west African nation.

“It was a fatal accident. We counted over 20 human bodies burnt completely,” Gbenga Obalowo, the chairman of Ibarapa district, told AFP.

“They had a head-on collision and the two vehicles… which were both conveying passengers caught fire and got burnt beyond repair,” he said.

He said two people “with severe burns” survived the crash and they had been taken to the hospital.

A senior police officer in the state confirmed the crash, saying that “20 people lost their lives in the accident,” without giving details.

Obalowo blamed the accident on speeding and reckless driving.

Accidents are common on Nigeria’s poorly-maintained roads due largely to speeding and disregard for traffic rules.

In July, 30 people were burnt to death when three vehicles collided on a highway in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state.

Last year, Nigeria recorded 10,637 road accidents which claimed 5,101 lives and injured more than 30,000 people, according to figures by the road safety commission.

Additional reporting by AFP

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