Not less than eight individuals died and 12 others sustained fatal injuries on Wednesday in a diverse accident which involved seven vehicles around Danco filling station on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp in Ogun state, Mr. Clement Oladele, revealed the rather unfortunate incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Thursday evening.
The sector commander revealed that the accident, which happened around 7:56 p.m on the Lagos Ibadan expressway, involved a Toyota bus with the plate number LSR 560 XJ, Mazda bus XD 792 EZA , Toyota Sienna ABC 512 ZV and Toyota Camry APP 196 RQ.
Other vehicles involved in the accident were an Iveco tanker with plate number DED 776 XA, Daf tanker APP 248 XT and Daf container with number LND 04 XX.
Mr. Clement Oladele revealed that the accident was due to over speeding, careless driving and lack of control on the part of one of the vehicle drivers, which led to a container fallen off from its hook on two buses.
“Other cars and buses rammed into each other while trying to flee the scene of the accident.
“43 people in total, including six male, one female and a little child identified to be an 8-year-old died in the accident,” he said.
He noted that the injured victims were were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu and Fambis Hospital, Mowe.
Oladele said that the corpses of the deceased were deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) mortuary, Sagamu.
He advised motorists to note that the entire strech of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is still undergoing rehabilitation, cautioning motorists to observe the maximum speed of 50km per hour in compliance with the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2004.