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10 passengers die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash

17 March 2016, 06:30

Abuja - No less than 10 people have been crushed to death in a road accident involving a truck and a bus along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday.

According to a Punch report, the crash occurred due to a commuter bus which was travelling against the traffic when it rammed head-on into a truck.

Ayobami Adedeji, an eyewitness at the scene, described the crash as "nauseating", further reporting that the accident had caused a gridlock along the Expressway.

Another witness, identified only as Raji, conveyed how many of the deceased were traders and that their foodstuffs were scattered along the road in the minutes that followed the tragedy.

Also read: Eight pedestrians crushed to death in Lagos

“The scene was very gory. I counted nine bodies lying on the road. Some of them had their legs and hands cut off. The bus driver smashed his head against the steering and died. I learnt that they were traders travelling to Lagos. They are all males. It was terrible,” he said.

Divis Ogiamiem, Head of Operations at the Ogun State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident and said that the accident was caused by wrongful overtaking by the driver of the commercial bus.

 “The cause of the crash was wrongful overtaking and loss of control by the driver of the Mazda bus. He was travelling from Ibadan to Lagos; it was in that process that the driver rammed the bus into an oncoming Iveco truck, travelling to Ibadan," Ogiamiem stated.

The bodies of the deceased have since been deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital mortuary while six people who were injured in the crash are receiving treatment at the same facility.

Read more at Punch

- News24


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