Five dead, 12 injured in Lagos-Ibadan highway accident

No fewer than five people were confirmed dead on Sunday while 12 others sustained injuries in an accident near the Foursquare Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Florence Okpe, the Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the development in an interview with reporters in Abeokuta.

The accident was said to involve a DAF truck marked KMC 810 ZB, a Toyota bus marked TMA-244b XA, and a Mitsubishi pickup van with no registration number.

The FRSC spokeswoman said the accident occurred at about 6:15 a.m. and was caused by excessive speeding, tyre blowout, and a loss of control on the part of the truck driver.

She noted that due to the tyre blowout and loss of control, the truck fell and blocked the road, noting that both the bus and the pickup van rammed into the fallen truck.

Ms Okpe disclosed that 21 people were involved in the multiple crashes, saying that 12 people were injured and five people died.

She said the injured were taken to Victory Hospital in Ogere, near Abeokuta, for medical attention, while the dead were deposited at a morgue in Ipara community, near Abeokuta.

Ms Okpe quoted the Ogun State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Anthony Uga, as advising motorists to desist from using substandard tyres and to also apply common sense while driving during the rainy season.

The sector commander sympathised with the families of the victims, advising them to visit the Ogunmakin Unit of the FRSC for more information on the accident.


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