Seven die in Ogun fatal autocrash
A total of seven people were confirmed dead yesterday, in a ghastly road accident at the Sango old tollgate, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ogun State.
The accident involved a Dangote truck conveying cements with no registration number; a Volkswagen passenger bus with registration number LSR128XP and a white Sienna bus with registration number APP122CD.
The suspected cause of the accident that occurred at about 11:35am was over- speeding and mechanical deficiency, thought to be brake failure on the part of the truck, which rammed into the other two vehicles.
A total of 17 people-six male adults, two male children, eight female adults and one female child were involved. Aside the seven people killed- two male adults, three female adults, one male child and one female child, 10 people who were critically injured, were taken to Ota General Hospital, while the corpses of the dead were deposited at Ifo General Hospital Morgue.
The State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander, Clement Oladele disclosed that irate mob protesting the incident immediately set the truck suspected to have caused the fatal crash ablaze. He added that the agency contacted the Fire Service to extinguish the inferno to make rescue operations faster.
While commiserating with relations of the victims, Oladele warned that the area of the crash is a black spot notorious for frequent crashes, which has claimed over 40 lives in the last five years and called on motorists especially articulated vehicles to drive cautiously whenever using that section of the corridor.
The Sector Commander also advised passersby to desist from turning into mobs and resorting to self-help by “willfully destroying public properties or accidental vehicles, irrespective of the level of provocations, as there are standard ways of handling and reporting grievances to appropriate law enforcement agencies.”He said members of the public could obtain details of the crash at the FRSC Command in Ota or contact the aforementioned medical facilities.
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