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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident claims seven lives

Seven persons died while five others sustained serious injuries on Friday in an accident involving a Mazda bus and a truck at Ogunmakin on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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FRSC’s Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

Umar said the Mazda bus has LSR 696 XS as its registration number, while the truck’s registration number is T-4889 LA.

He blamed the accident on excessive speeding and loss of control by the bus driver which made him to ram into the moving truck ahead of him.

“A total 16 persons, 15 of them male adults, were involved in the accident.

“Five men were injured while six men and one woman died in the mishap,’’ he said.

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Umar told newsmen that the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere, Ogun, for medical treatment while the deceased were deposited at FOS morgue in Ipara, also in Ogun.

The sector commander described the crash as avoidable if the bus driver had not sped excessively on the slippery highway as it was raining at the time of the accident.

Umar commiserated with the families of the crash victims and also enjoined them to contact the FRSC command in Ogunmakin area for details and reclaim the belongings of the victims recovered from the scene.

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