10 Dead in Fresh Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident
10 people were sent to their early graves after a road accident at the Alapako/Ogunmakin end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The accident which occurred at the Alapako – Ogunmakin stretch of the expressway involved a Ford bus with registration number BDJ410YM and an IVECO truck.
It was learnt that the bus driver, who had 11 passengers, collided with the cement-laden Dangote truck around 9pm on Tuesday, as the two vehicles were heading in opposite directions.
The Route Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Command, Florence Okpe who confirmed the accident to newsmen said the victims included seven men and three women.
“A fatal crash occurred on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 around 9pm immediately after the diversion made by the RCC for repairs of weakened bridges around the segments of the expressway.
“A commercial bus, with number plate, BD J410 YM, which was travelling from Lagos, attempted to overtake vehicles travelling at the section of the road diversion. In the process, it had a head-on collision with an unregistered Dangote truck, laden with cement and travelling in opposite directions.
“This resulted in the entire passengers being trapped and it took the intervention of the RCC crane, requested by the FRSC rescue team, to extricate the trapped passengers from the truck.
“A total of 10 passengers– seven males and three females– died from injuries sustained from the impact of the crash. The only survivor was taken to Ife-Plus, a hospital at Ogunmakin.”
He explained that aside from the driver not having a driving licence or a speed limiter, the vehicle’s tyres were expired.
“The driver of the bus was tracked to a hospital and arrested. He is in police custody and will be charged to court for causing the death of his passengers,” he added.