Four persons were yesterday reportedly killed in an auto crash which involved the convoy of the deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi (pictured) at Aponmu-Owena along Ondo road in Akure, the State Capital.
However, the deputy governor and a traditional ruler, the Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun in Osun State, Oba Taofeek Olaposi, and a teenager who was in the same car with the monarch escaped unhurt.
The deceased are the Chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Alex Akinwale, his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Pauline.
The Akinwales first child, Paul, who was also involved in the crash, however, survived.
The wife was a staff in the Marketing Department of the NTA, Akure.
An eyewitness blamed Oba Olaposi’s driver for the accident. It was said that he was overtaking vehicles recklessly, and in the process used his white Toyota Camry to hit the deputy governor’s convoy and other oncoming vehicles.
Another source said the monarch, who was travelling from Ife to Akure was caught in the over speeding convoy of the deputy governor, who was rushing to Ondo town to attend a ceremony.
The accident was said to have occurred as a result of reckless driving on the part of the convoy.
The monarch and the teenager among the occupants of his vehicle were said to be responding to treatment at a Specialist hospital in Akure following injuries sustained in the incident, while the corpse of the victims had been deposited at the hospital mortuary.
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