|Abia accident scene|
Fifteen people yesterday died in a multiple auto accidents on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
It involved a truck, a fuel tanker and a commercial bus.
The accident, which occurred at the Fidiwo-Ajebo, Ogun State stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, left 14 passengers and driver of the commercial bus dead on the spot.
The truck was marked AJG 40 XA and fuel tanker has registration number RAN 571 XA. The passenger bus was marked (LAGOS) AGL 373 XR.
It was learnt that the accident occurred, when the driver of the fuel-laden truck moving in the direction of Ibadan, Oyo State, attempted to overtake another truck at a road diversion point.
But the driver lost control of the truck and veered off, crashing into the commercial bus, which was coming in the opposite direction.
As at 2:30pm, operatives of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), the police and the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) were seen trying to pull victims out of the mangled passengers’ bus.
The Sector Commander, Ogun State Command of the FRSC, Adetunji Adegoke, in a text message stated that 15 persons – six females and nine males – died in the accident. One person sustained injuries.
Adegoke, who blamed the cause of the accident on “wrongful overtaking”, added that the injured was taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
He said the dead were taken to FOS Mortuary, Ipara, near Sagamu.
|Scene of the Ogun accident|
The FRSC Sector Commander advised “drivers to obey road traffic rules and regulations, avoid wrong overtaking, observe speed limit as well as shun the use of expired/tokunbo tyres to avoid accidents on the roads”.
Also ,a ghastly accident involving a truck and an SUV has claimed four lives including a pregnant woman.
The accident which happened few kilometers after Ubakala junction in Abia state happened on Friday. According to reports, none of the occupants in the Honda Pilot survived including a pregnant woman.