…As 1 killed, 10 injured in petrol tanker explosion on Abuja-Kaduna highway***
The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) on Friday said six persons died while 24 others sustained injuries in an accident involving two commercial buses at Isara area of Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Ota, Ogun, that the accident happened at about 8.30 a.m.
Oladele explained that a commercial Madza bus with registration number FST-820 XD coming from Lagos left its lane while overtaking dangerously and collided with a Toyota bus marked ABC-932 XJ on the opposite lane.
He said that 30 people comprising 20 males and 10 females were involved in the accident.
The sector commander said that six people died while 24 others sustained various degrees of injury in the accident.
Oladele said the corpses of the victims had been deposited at the mortuary of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.
He said 11 out of the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere, while seven were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu,.
Oladele added that the remaining six were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, for treatment.
“The fatal crash was caused by excessive speed and wrongful overtaking when the Mazda bus travelling from Lagos left its lane while overtaking dangerously and collided with the Toyota bus coming from Abuja and travelling on the opposite direction,” he said.
The FRSC boss said that the obstructions had been cleared to restore free flow of traffic on the expressway.
Oladele, however, commiserated with the families of the deceased and wished those injured quick recovery.
He said members of the public should contact FRSC Command in either Ogere or Ogunmakin for details of the crash.
” They may also contact the aforementioned medical facilities for details of the incident,” he said.
The Sector Commander expressed sadness over the crash, saying it was avoidable if there was strict adherence to construction speed limit of maximum of 50 kilometers per hour and refraining from overtaking around construction zones.
He cautioned motorists against wrongful overtaking that could lead to loss of lives and property.
In the meantime, the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has confirmed the death of one person while 10 others were injured in a petrol tanker explosion at Dikko-junction on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
Alhaji Ahmed Inga, the Director General of NSEMA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday that the incident occurred at about 10:30 pm on Friday night and also resulted in the burning of several vehicles.
“We received a report from our Suleja Desk Officer that there was a tanker explosion and many people were affected.
“We cannot give the actual number of people that lost their lives, we will confirm that during our assessment; but from the report of our Suleja Desk Officer, one person died in the incident.
“Many people were injured and several vehicles were completely burnt,”he said.
He said that firefighters from the State Fire Service in conjunction with their counterparts in the Federal Fire Service were able to bring the fire under control around 4:30 am on Saturday morning.
Inga said the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in the morgue at Umaru Musa Hospital, Sabon Wuse, while those injured were also receiving treatment at the same facility.
He said the agency’s officials would visit the scene of the incident to ascertain the cause of the explosion.