Five others were injured in the accident, involving a truck and a passenger bus, which occured at Ugonoki, in the Uhumwode local government area.
Witnesses say, the truck loaded with goats coming from Benin City, crashed headlong into an 18 passenger bus marked ABD 206 XA.
16 of the passengers in the bus died on the spot, while three others, who were injured, died later.
The spokesman for the Edo Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. George Otoaviokhai, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Friday, explained that the bus had attempted to overtake another vehicle in front of it when it rammed into the truck on the other lane.
He attributed the accident to dangerous overtaking, adding that the incident was avoidable.
“There was a vehicle in front of the bus; the bus was trying to overtake. That was not even needed. The accident was avoidable,” he said.