…As Dozens missing, several dead following boat fire, off California coast***
The Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed on Monday in Abeokuta, the death of three persons, in an accident involving a Toyota Sienna and a Mack tipper around Onigaari on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, blaming over-speeding.
The TRACE Spokesperson, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi while cautioning against overspeeding, especially while it rains, said that the accident was caused by speeding and recklessness of the driver of the Siena car marked MUS 932 FE which rammed into a stationary tipper.
He said that 12 persons involved in the accident included 10 adults and two kids.
“I learnt the Sienna is a commercial vehicle loaded from Ibadan to Lagos when it suddenly lost control due to speeding and reckless driving and rammed into the stationary tipper parked by the road side,” he said, adding that the injured victims were rescued and taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere, while the deceased were deposited at the FOS Mortuary, Ipara, Remo.
He commiserated with the families of the dead, while also enjoining motorists to avoid excessive speeding, especially during the raining season because of attendant challenges.
Akinbiyi advised articulated vehicle drivers to desist from parking close to the highways
In another development however, the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday indicated several dead, and several missing, following a boat fire, off California coast, involving a 75-foot boat which caught fire, off the Coast of Ventura County, trapping dozens of people.
Officials said more than 30 people were missing, many of them believed to be sleeping and as such trapped below deck, when the fire broke out.