No fewer than 12 persons lost their lives today, Wednesday, April 27, in two different fatal crashes that occourred on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The crashes according to the statement released by Public Education Officer of Ogun State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe, occurred in two different locations on the expressway.
It revealed that the first crash occurred at about 1425hrs (2:25pm) around Fidiwo area in Ogunmakin, involving a Toyota Hiace Bus which the registration number could not picked because it has burnt.
The statement further explained that a total of 18 persons were involved, all male adult. Four persons were burnt beyond recognition while 14 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The vehicle, according to Commander Okpe’s statement went into flame immediately it somersaulted when it lost control due to excessive speed and tyre burst.
The statement further hinted that the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital Ogere and some to Idera Hospital Sagamu, but two persons out of the rescue victims later died in the hospital.
The second crash, Commander Okpe, said occurred around Kara Turning on same Lagos-Ibadan expressway at about 1755hrs (5:55pm) involving a Toyota Previa with registration number LRG165AA.
She explained that a total number of eight persons were involved which comprises of (six female adult and two male adult).
Six persons, five female adult and one male adult, according to the FRSC officer, were killed while one person, female adult, sustained injuries.
The suspected cause of the crash, she said was excessive speed leading to loss of control.
The injured victim was taken to Redeemed Hospital for Medical treatment while the dead bodies were deposited at Idera Hospital Morgue in Sagamu.
The FRSC Ogun Sector Commander, CC Ahmed Umar described the crashes as avoidable act and advised motorists to avoid excessive speed and dangerous driving especially on Lagos-Ibadan expressway which is still under construction.
The Sector Commander commiserates with the victims families, while enjoined them to contact the Mowe Command of the Corps for details of the crash and reclaim the victims’ properties that recovered from the scene of the crashes.