Seven persons, including a pregnant woman, died in crashes on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Oba-Ile in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State on Thursday.
Accordingto reports, the pregnant woman was in a bus conveying tomatoes, while the two traders were in a Mazda bus laden with garri on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The spokesman for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident. Akinbiyi said the fatal crash occurred around 5am at the Danco area of the highway inbound Lagos. The accident occurred two days after a tanker explosion killed two persons in the Ogere area of the Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.
Akinbiyi explained that a DAF truck (flat body) with number plate XY 895 GGE; a granite-laden Iveco truck with number plate JBD 16 XY; a Mazda bus with number plate LND 676 XX conveying tomatoes; and another Mazda bus with number plate BDG 755 YA conveying garri were involved in the crash.
The TRACE spokesman stated, “The driver of the Mazda bus conveying garri lost control as a result of excessive speed and rammed into a runaway truck from the rear, leading to multiple hits by other vehicles.
Among the three victims, who died in the unfortunate crash, were two male occupants of the Mazda bus conveying garri and a pregnant woman in the Mazda bus laden with tomatoes.”
He added that the remains of the deceased had been evacuated by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps and deposited in the Idera Private Morgue, Sagamu, while TRACE officials had cleared the road.
In Oba-Ile, three persons lost their lives in a fatal crash on the Airport Road. The deceased were a lady and two men, whose identities could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, while three others sustained varying degrees of injury.
An eyewitness said the accident involved a Toyota Corolla car with number plate Lagos APP 91 GR and a Mercedes Benz bullion van belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria with number plate Ondo JTA 478 AA.
It was gathered that the car was heading for Oba-Ile, while the bullion van was moving towards Akure. According to the eyewitness, who said he participated in the evacuation of the corpses, the crash occurred when the driver of the car lost control and the vehicle jumped over the road divider and rammed into the bullion van coming in the opposite direction.
“A lady and two young men in the car died on the spot, while another lady sustained injuries,” the eyewitness said. It was gathered that the crash resulted in gridlock on the road for several hours.