Fatal accident claims 10 lives, injures two on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway

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By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

Ten persons have been confirmed dead while two others sustained injuries in an early morning fatal crash which occurred on Saturday at the Oniworo area on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The accident, according to Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), involved two vehicles; a Toyota Haice bus with registration number KLD 539 XA and a Mack container truck with no registration number.

Commander Florence Okpe, the FRSC Public Education Officer, in a statement issued on Saturday said the crash was as a result of road obstruction on the part of the truck and excessive speed on the part of the bus.

Okpe said the Toyota bus, due to the excessive speed, lost control and rammed into the obstructing truck from the rear.

“The fatal crash occurred at the early hours this morning at about 0430hrs on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway around Oniworo area.

“A total of 19 persons were involved in the crash which comprised of 13 male adults and 6 female adults.

“Two persons sustained injuries; two male adults, and 10 died; Seven male adults, two females and one female child, while the remaining persons were unhurt.

“Two vehicles were involved, a Toyota Haice bus with registration number KLD 539 XA and a Mack container truck, with no registration number on it.

“The suspected causes of the crash were road obstruction on the part of the truck and excessive speed on the Toyota bus which led to lose of control and ran into the truck at the rear,” she said.

According to the spokesperson, the injured victims were taken to a hospital in Ogere for medical attention while the corpses were deposited at Ipara morgue.

She said the Sector Commander, FRSC Ogun Sector feel pained on failure of some motorists to obey simple rules, while encouraging drivers to use their headlamp due to poor visibility occasioned by the harmattan season.

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