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Accident claims 6 on Sagamu-Benin expressway

Accident claims 6 on Sagamu-Benin expressway
Written by Maritime First

…As 4 die in Ebonyi auto crash***

No fewer than six persons were confirmed dead in a Tuesday morning accident, involving three vehicles on Sagamu-Benin expressway.

Mr Ahmed Umar,  the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident in Abeokuta.

Umar said that the accident involved a Mazda bus marked JJJ 862 XV , a Toyota Sienna with registration number KRD 306 BJ and  a Mercedes Benz luxury bus marked AGL 05 XZ.

He said that the accident occurred at 12:01 am and was caused by wrong overtaking, excessive speed and loss of control on the part of the driver of the luxury bus.

According to him, 39 people were involved in the accident, comprising 25 male and 14  female, out of which five men and one woman died.

“The luxurious bus hit the incoming Sienna car and the Mazda bus.

“The driver immediately ran away because all the occupants of the Sienna vehicle lost their lives while those in the Mazda bus sustained injuries,” he explained.

The sector commander said that the deceased had been deposited at the mogue of General Hospital Ijebu Ode while the four persons injured were being treated in the hospital.

He described the crash as avoidable and advised motorists to guard against excessive speeding and dangerous driving, and always obey traffic rules and regulations.

Umar commiserated with families of the victims and enjoined them to contact the FRSC command in Ogbere for details of the crash and to reclaim properties of the victims recovered from the crash scene.

In the meantime, Four persons lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident which occurred at the Spera-en-deo junction of the Ogoja-Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway on Monday evening.

The Ebonyi Sector Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mrs Stella Uchegbu, confirmed the fatalities in an interview with the newsmen in Abakaliki.

Uchegbu said that the accident involved two vehicles: an articulated vehicle and a bus.

“Eight persons were involved in the accident: five females, two males and a child.

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“Four persons were injured: three females and a male while four people died: two females, one male and a child.

“The injured persons had head, hand, neck, leg and general body injuries as the accident was caused by overloading and speed violation,” she said.

She said that four handbags and three cartons of goods were recovered from the scene while the victims were evacuated to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.

“The doctor confirmed the death of four persons and their corpses have been deposited at the hospital’s morgue,” she said.

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