By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Ten persons were feared in an accident on Lagos /Ibadan Expressway following collision between a commercial bus and Dangote truck at Ogunmakin on Tuesday night.
The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Clement Oladele who confirmed the incident on Wednesday to journalists in Abeokuta, explained that the accident happened around 9:00pm on Tuesday night around the diversion made by Royal Construction Company (RCC) to enable repairs of the bridges on the expressway.
The victims, he said, were seven males and three males.
“A commercial bus in wrongful overtaking was travelling from Lagos and attempted to overtake vehicles travelling at the section of the road diversion. In the process, it collided with a Dangote truck laden with cement, travelling in opposite direction, coming from Ibadan and heading towards Lagos.
“This resulted in the entire passengers in the commercial bus trapped and it took the intervention of RCC crane requested by the FRSC Rescue team, to extricate the trapped passengers from the truck.
“A total of 10 of the passengers died from injuries sustained from the impact of the crash. They were made up of seven male and three female. The IVECO truck belonging to Dangote company has no vehicle number plate.
“A total of 11 adults were involved in the crash comprising of eight male and three female. Only one male adult survived the crash with serious injuries, ” he said.
The FRSC boss stated that the injured victim was taken to Ife-Plus Hospital at Ogunmakin while the dead were deposited at FOS mortuary, Ipara.
He stated that the FRSC rescue team recovered a total of N151,340, with 10 mobile phones and goods worth thousands of naira at the scene of the accident.
Oladele told motorists to be mindful of the diversion created around Sancrete up to Fidiwo Bridge by RCC to enable it to repair the bridges before January ending.
“Members of the public whose family members travelled in the ill-fated commercial bus should contact the FRSC Command at KM 27 Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway for retrieval of the corpses and their belongings,” he said.