Nine die, five injured in Kwara road accident
The Kwara Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed that nine persons lost their lives in a crash that occurred along Bode Saadu–Jebba road yesterday. The Sector Commander, Mr. Jonathan Owoade, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the crash was as a result of over-speeding.
“It is another sad incident occurring on the Bode Saadu-Jebba road axis; it was a fatal accident involving just one commercial vehicle, a Mitsubishi Canter truck with registration number DRK327YX.
14 persons were involved, sadly nine lost their lives while five other persons sustained various degrees of injury,” he said.
The sector commander stressed that travellers going through the Bode Saadu-Jebba Road should be aware that the road has ascending and descending bends.
“Articulated vehicles and other vehicles used in carrying goods should be very careful on that road axis.
“Most of the time, it is the goods they carry that kill them, because it can fall on them. That is why I want to advise that they speed less, take caution and also ensure proper vehicle maintenance,” Owoade said.
It would be recalled that on Monday, three men died in a road accident along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which also left 14 other persons injured in the accident that happened around Saapade axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Two vehicles were involved in the accident: a Mazda bus with registration number, AKD 53 XN, coming from Ibadan to Lagos and a Ford bus with registration number, GB 490 XA, coming from Lagos to Ikire.
The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) Corps confirmed the accident. TRACE Spokesperson, Cdr Babatunde Akinbiyi, told newsmen that the two vehicles had a head-on collision due to speeding and reckless driving.
Akinbiyi informed that the Injured victims have been rescued to Victory Hospital, Ogere; State Hospital, Isara and OOUTH, Sagamu; adding that the dead victims were taken to FOS Mortuary, Ipara, all in Ogun State. He stated further that the driver of the Ford bus coming from Lagos to Ikire was among the dead victims, while the other two are among the passengers in the Mazda bus.
“While TRACE Corps commiserates with the family of the dead, motorists are again warned to avoid over-speeding and reckless driving at diversion/construction areas because of its attendant consequences. Rather, they should uphold the 50kmph speed limit,” Akinbiyi advised.