13 dead, 10 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident
No fewer than thirteen persons were left dead and 10 others injured in a crash along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway around Sapade near Ogere area in Ogun state.
The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps who confirmed the deaths and the crash said it occurred around 7 p.m. in the area where a diversion was created by a construction company currently working on the stretch of the road in the area.
According to the Public Education Officer of the command, Florence Okpe, “The fatal crash involved a total of 37 people comprising 20 male adults, 15 female adults, and two female children,” she said
“The people injured in the crash were 10, comprising four male adults and six female adults. Four male adults, seven female adults and two female children made up the thirteen lost their lives.
Channels TV reported that the incident involved three vehicles – truck heading towards the Lagos axis of the expressway and two buses.
Okpe said the truck (a Man diesel truck with registration number KAB 97 XA) which was speeding suffered a tyre burst and in the process collided head-on with two other speeding commuter buses heading towards the Ibadan axis of the expressway.
The buses involved were yellow MAZDA bus with registration number KTU93XW and a white Toyota bus with registration number KEY 847 XA.
The Sector Commander, FRSC Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele, has expressed deep shock over the incident and commiserated with relations of the crash victims, the statement said.
Relations of the crash victims have been asked to contact the FRSC Command in Ogere or the Victory Hospital, Ogere, where the crashed victims were receiving medical treatment.
The corpses of the victims killed at the crash have been deposited at the Ipara Mortuary, Ogun State.
Okpe quoted the FRSC Sector Commander as saying that the incident would have been avoided if motorists who are driving along diversion areas and construction zones, observe the maximum speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour and avoid overtaking till clearly out of diversion areas to avoid a head-on collis