Six pilgrims returning from the annual ‘Oke Maria’ Catholic pilgrimage in Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State, died on Sunday morning when their bus lost control and ran into a ditch in Eripa village.
The annual Oke Maria Catholic pilgrimage held between Saturday and Sunday, is a yearly programme where Catholics gathered for prayers at the Oke Maria Mountain located in Otan Ayegbaju.
It was a lone road accident. The bus belonged to SS Peter and Paul, Catholic Church, Lagere, Ile Ife, Osun. Six people died in the accident while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident, said: “Upon arrival of LASEMA officials at the accident scene, it was discovered that a 40-foot container had fallen from the bridge at Iyana-Ipaja on an adult female. She, unfortunately, got trapped under the fallen container.
“She was subsequently, extricated from beneath the container by the agency’s rescue team and taken to the hospital by officials of Lagos State Ambulances Service, LASAMBUS, with a severed limb. Subsequently, rescue team recovered the container as well as the limb of the victim from under the container.”