No fewer than nine passengers of an intra-city commercial bus were crushed to death by a heavy-duty truck on Tuesday morning in Benin, the Edo State capital.

According to Nation, the sad incident occurred along the ever-busy Sapele Road by Ogbelaka Junction around 7.30am when most residents were rushing to work, offices and their business places.

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The sand-conveying truck, which had a brake failure, suddenly collided with a moving commercial bus, fondly called Tuke-Tuke, killing the nine passengers on the spot before hitting another truck towards the Government Reservation Area (GRA).

Bodies of the victims were deposited in a morgue as the injured passengers were rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the nearby Edo Specialist Hospital in Benin.

The accident resulted into gridlock with many motorists and commuters groaning, forcing many people to trek to their destinations.

Security operatives, including policemen and members of vigilance groups were attempting to restore normalcy at the scene of the accident as at the time of filing this report.

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