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Night travels: Accident claims 18 lives on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

4 burnt to death, 16 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident
Written by Maritime First

Accident scene at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

… As Truck crushes 4 vehicles on Abuja-Nyanya, Keffi Expressway***

No fewer than 18 persons were feared dead in an accident involving two Mazda buses and a Previa bus around Isara Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan express road.

This is contained in a statement by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM), Bisi Kazeem on Sunday in Abuja.

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Kazeem said the accident which happened around 10:20 pm after the Isara bridge involved about 25 persons.

He explained that the accident was caused by Road Traffic Violation (RTV) with over speeding which led to multiple and fatal accidents thereafter.

According to him, out of the 25 people involved in the accident, six males, one female, and one male child were identified while 17 others are unidentified.

“The collision of the two Mazda buses with unidentified colours and registration numbers with the Previa bus resulted in an explosion which involved all three vehicles.

“However, seven out of the two Mazda buses on the right lane survived while others were caught up in the inferno and got burnt beyond recognition.

“And those in the Previa bus which had assumedly committed the road traffic violation got burnt beyond recognition, ” he said.

Kazeem said that four more charred bodies were found while clearing the obstructions, adding that an unburnt body was also found on the  Lagos-Ibadan expressway opposite the crash scene.

He said that obstructions had been cleared and traffic diversion closed and the free flow of traffic had been restored.

He quoted the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi as saying that motorists should avoid night travels, adding that life had no duplicate, hence the need to drive with caution.

Oyeyemi said that road traffic violations and speed heightened the spate and fatalities of road traffic crashes during night travels.

He advised all road users to endeavour to drive safely to save the lives of other road users by adhering to all road traffic rules and regulations.

The FRSC boss assured us that the corps was working effectively to ensure a significant shift in the attitude of motorists and all road users across the country.

In another development, a heavy-duty truck crushed four vehicles close to Karu Bridge on the ever-busy Abuja-Nyanya Keffi Expressway on Sunday in Abuja.

The newsmen report that the multiple crashes caused heavy traffic on the road.

Newsmen, however, report that the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force Karu Division and the Federal Road Safety Corps arrived at the scene almost immediately and diverted the traffic to the parking lane.

Reacting to the accident, the Federal Capital Territory Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr. Samuel Ochi, explained that the accident occurred around 9:30 a.m., but no life was lost.

According to him, those that sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

” The Unit Commander of FRSC and some of our personnel were at the scene of the crash.

Actually, our truck is on its way to remove the wreckage on the road but nobody dies.

” They will clear the road, they have diverted traffic from the main road to the parking lane.

FRSC Ambulance has evacuated the injured persons to Asokoro General Hospital, Abuja for treatment.”

On his part, Mr. Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister, on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement, said the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) was not comfortable with the happenings on that road.

” Since the road is almost completed and with the smoothness of the road you will recall that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello had spoken to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure speedy completion of the road.

” And see after the road was completed, the speed by drivers on the road is worrisome and the rate of an accident involving trailers is getting very disturbing.

” If you observed on Saturday, July 2, just 24 hours ago we had multiple accidents involving Truck and Sharon vehicle and now this Sunday morning we are experiencing this disturbing one again.

” We thank God no life is lost,” Attah said.

The minister’s aide called on truck drivers to put their trucks in order and quickly stop if they noticed wrong things with their vehicles while ascending or descending from Abacha Barracks road.

Attah also enjoined truck drivers to always move slowly while descending from the barracks to Kugbo down to Karu and Nyanya.

He said all the trucks plying the ever-busy Abuja-Nyanya Keffi Expressway must be in very good condition.


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