… As 1 killed, 10 injured in Kwara crash***
… As FRSC advises against fatigue, faulty vehicles***
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Saturday confirmed that three persons lost their lives in a lonely accident around Four Square Gate on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, told the newsmen in Ota, Ogun, that the accident happened at about 6.50 a.m.
Umar explained that the crash involved three males and a Mitsubishi Canter with registration number LAR 116XN.
He blamed the accident on excessive speeding, which made the vehicle lose control, skipped into bush, thus leading to the death of all the males in the vehicle.
“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at FOS morgue, Ipara,” he said.
The sector commander described the crash as an avoidable act, advising motorists to avoid excessive speed and dangerous driving, and also to obey traffic rules and regulations.
Umar commiserated with the family of the victims and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
He also enjoined them to contact the FRSC Command in Ogunmakin KM27, for details of the crash and reclaim the properties of the victims recovered from the scene of the mishap.
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In the meantime, the Kwara Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed one person dead and 10 others injured in a crash which occured on Saturday night.
The Kwara Sector Commander, Corps Commander Jonathan Owoade told the newsmen in Ilorin that the crash, which occured at Lumoh village on Olooru-Shao road involved two vehicles.
Owoade however attributed the mishap to Speed Violations (SPV).
“There was a fatal crash this evening, involving two vehicles, a commercial Volkswagen Sharon Bus with registration number KEY 875 ZF and a commercial DAF trailer with registration number T-8326 LA.
“11 people were involved; 10 were injured and sadly one person lost his life.
“The victims have been taken to Bertholem Clinic, Kanbi, while the corpse have been taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
“The rescue team is working to control traffic at the scene while effort is being made to remove obstructions on the road,” Owoade said.
He advised relatives of the victims to visit the health facilities for their loved ones.
The sector commander reiterated the corp’s commitment to ensuring lives and properties are secured on the roads.
In another development, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised drivers to take a 15-minute break after every four hours of driving in order to reduce fatigue.
Sikiru Aduloju, Asst. Corps Commander, Apapa Command, gave the advice during a sensitisation talk at The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Festac Town, Lagos on Sunday.
He said fatigue could lead to accidents because when drivers are tired, they could take poor decisions.
He further advised drivers to avoid other factors that could cause accidents such as discussing sensitive topics while driving, either through phone calls or with a passenger.
“We should stop receiving calls while driving because even good news can trigger reactions that destabilises,” he said.
Aduloju cautioned against what he referred to as Road Accident Immunity Deception Syndrome (RAIDS).
According to him, RAIDS is a situation where drivers know their vehicles are faulty but insist on driving it because they have prayed.
“Boarding a vehicle whose driver is absolutely drunk or have taken drugs because you have prayed is dangerous,” he said.
He urged the public to drive with caution, particularly in the “ember” months, which he said was a period with lots of activities and movements.
Aduloju reiterated the need for drivers to take others into consideration while driving.
“Good defensive drivers consider the actions and inactions of other drivers.
“Please don’t overspeed, consider the distance and not the time,” he said.