Tanker crushes 4 to death, injures many in Abeokuta
By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Four people were confirmed dead in a multiple accident involving a tanker and two cars at Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on Friday night.
Mrs Florence Okpe, the Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state confirmed the incident to newsmen on Saturday.
Okpe said that the accident was caused by over speeding on the part of the tanker driver.
She added that the accident involved a tanker marked T-15321LA, a BMW car with registration number TTD 421 CX and an unregistered Nissan jeep.
“The tanker driver was trying to make a turning at the Lafenwa Roundabout, lost control and rammed into two vehicles and the fence of a building.
“The deceased were standing by the fence before they were trapped.
“The content spilled but was quickly trans loaded into another truck with the help of fire service and other traffic managers,” Okpe said.
She explained that the deceased have been taken away by their families, possibly for burial.
Okpe, however, sympathised with family of the victims and advised them to contact FRSC for more information about the crash.
Meanwhile, the state Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele on Saturday visited the scene of accident and gave the assurance of governments intervention to forestall further occurrence of such incidents.
Ms Salako-Oyedele noted that the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration in the state was a compassionate one, indicating that something will be done to put an end to such unnecessary accidents as soon as possible.
While commiserating with victims of the incident, the deputy governor promised that government will step in and look at ways it can help alleviate the sufferings of those directly affected by the mishap.