No fewer than 13 persons were confirmed dead while 12 others sustained injuries on Wednesday in an accident involving an unregistered Volvo truck and a commercial Mazda bus opposite Wichtech roofing and pipes on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The Spokesman of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi confirmed the incident to journalists in Abeokuta.
According to Akinbiyi, the accident occurred 4 pm.
He stated the commercial bus driver wrongly overtook an ongoing vehicle on motion, which led to loss of control, saying that the bus rammed into a broken-down truck with waste disposal.
He said that the commercial bus was loaded with 25 passengers instead of 18 passengers, saying the bus was overloaded.
He noted that 25 people, nine men, eight women and eight minors, were involved in the accident.
He stated that 12 others (five men, three women and four minors) were injured; while 13 persons (four males, five females and four minors) died in the accident.
“We learnt the commercial bus was coming from Lagos, when it wrongly overtook the vehicle in its front, before ramming into a stationed vehicle at the roadside killing nine persons in the vehicle on the spot, said Akinbiyi.
“The remaining four died at Idera Hospital where they were rescued to by TRACE and Federal Road Safety Corps (gravy) officials.”
Akinbiyi explained that the injured victims were rescued to Idera hospital while the deceased were deposited at the same hospital mortuary in Sagamu. He said the vehicles had been towed to Sagamu Police station.
“TRACE Corps will continue to insist that the roadside is not a mechanic workshop where cars should park or be repaired for whatever fault because of its attendant consequences,” he said.
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