By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
Eight persons were on Tuesday confirmed dead in an accident involving a white Toyota Hiace Bus and a blue Mack truck opposite Wichtech Roofing and Pipes on Lagos /Ibadan Expressway.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta, stated that the accident was caused by speeding and wrongful overtaken on the part of the bus.
He said that seven of the passengers in the bus, with registration number BEN 313 YX, died on the spot while the eighth person died at the hospital.
“10 persons were involved in the accident, five male and five female. Five male and two female died on the spot while one female died at the hospital. The suspected cause of the crash was a speeding commercial bus travelling from Lagos going to Benin in Edo State, the driver lost control and rammed into the truck with registration number MUS 730 XN which was travelling ahead.
“We also learnt that the passengers in the bus just came in from Spain and had chartered the bus to take them to Benin city, ” he said.
The TRACE spokesperson explained that the dead had been deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) mortuary while the injured were taken to same hospital.
The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Clement Oladele also confirmed the incident. He reiterated the need for caution by drivers to always travel at recommended speed limit.
Oladele noted that life had no duplicate, and passengers should not abdicate their responsibility of cautioning their drivers whenever they are driving recklessly.