Nigerian accident kills 22

2010-04-14 11:58

Lagos - Twenty-two people were burnt to death and three seriously injured when two vehicles crashed head on and burst into flames on a road in southwest Nigeria, police said on Wednesday.

"The victims, 22 of them, were burnt beyond recognition following the accident on Monday night on Akure-Owo road," a senior police officer said, asking not to be named.

He said three people sustained serious injuries in the crash involving an 18-seat bus and a truck carrying aluminium rods.

He said the bus was trying to avoid a pothole on the road, which was undergoing repairs, when the driver lost control and collided with the truck coming in the opposite direction.

Accidents on Nigeria's poorly-maintained inter-city roads are common.