No fewer than 13 persons were killed on Wednesday when a Mack truck collided with two buses at Sapaade near Ogere in Ogun State on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The truck on the inward Lagos side suffered a burst tyre and rammed into the inter-state commuter buses heading to Ibadan.
Spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command, Route Commander Florence Okpe, confirmed the crash in a statement.
It reads: “The Federal Road Safety Corps Ogun State Command with sadness announces the fatal crash along the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway around Sapade near Ogere Ogun State in which thirteen people lost their lives .
The crash which occured on Wednesday 13 November, 2019 occured at about 1700hrs
on the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway by the SAPAADE Bridge near Ogere Ogun State, where diversion was created by RCC the construction company currently working on rehabilitating the corridor
The fatal crash involved a total of 37 people comprising 20 male Adults, 15 female adults and two female children
The people injured in the crash were 10 comprising 4 Male Adults and 6 Femake Adults, which unfortunately killed 13 people, comprising four male adults, seven female adults and two female children.
The unfortunate incident involved three vehicles comprising a speeding truck heading towards the Lagos axis of the Expressway but suddenly suffered a tyre burst and in the process collided head on with two other speeding commutter buses heading towards the Ibadan axis of the Expressway, with one of them in the process attempting to wrongfully overtake within the diversion area.
The details of the vehicles are , KTU93XW
a yellow coloured MAZDA
The second Vehicle is a white Toyota Bus with registration number KEY847XA
The third Vehicle with registration number KAB97XA
is a MAN DIESEL
The Sector Commander FRSC Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele has expressed deep shock over the incident and commisorated with relations of the crash victims.
The Sector Commander requested relations of the crash victims to contact the FRSC Command in Ogere Ogun State or the Victory Hospital Ogere, where the crashed victims were rescued, for medical treatment.
The corpses of the victims killed at the crash have been deposited at the Ipara Mortuary. Ogun State and the obstruction being cleared with the aid of RCC, the construction company supporting rescue operations with their heavy duty equipments, to restore traffic .
The Sector Commander has again reiterated that this incident would have been avoided where motorists driving along diversion areas at construction zones, observe maximum speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour and avoid overtaking till clearly out of diversion areas to avoid head on collission .
Passengers inside vehicles being driven recklessly should caution their drivers. Where they refuse to be cautioned, the FRSC should be contacted on the FRSC toll free number 122.”