No fewer than 30 officials and players of Kwara  United  on Wednesday escaped death by a whisker following an auto accident involving their coaster bus and a stationary  truck   at Moniya, Ibadan.

Our correspondents learnt that the Ilorin  team were returning home  from Lagos  where they  featured in the  Nigeria National League Super 4 when their  bus ran into the  truck on the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway.

Sources said the driver of the  bus was trying to avoid a speeding vehicle from the other end of the road when the accident occurred.

The media officer of the club, Mr. Abdulwaheed Bibire, who confirmed the accident in a statement, said  one Kwara United player and two officials sustained varying degrees of injury and  were  taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Bibire said the remaining officials and players, who did not sustain injuries, were  later conveyed by another vehicle to Ilorin.

“The driver ran the bus into a stationary truck in an attempt to avoid a speeding vehicle, which was coming from the other end of the road,” the club chief told one of our correspondents on the telephone.

He  said the  accident would  not affect the side’s opening Premier League match  against Niger Tornadoes  in Ilorin on Sunday.

“We don’t expect that the accident should affect our first league match of the season on Sunday. Since the bulk of the players needed to play the match were not injured, they should be able to play the match,” he said.

“They will be attended to by the psychologist before Sunday to ensure that the accident does  not affect any of them negatively.”



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