By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — No fewer than eight persons, yesterday evening, lost their lives in an auto crash which occurred along Ibadan-Lagos Expressway in Mowe, Obafemi- Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Vanguard gathered that, the accident occurred as a truck driver tried to turn on the highway. A commercial vehicle on a high speed rammed into it.
The commercial space-wagon with eight occupants was reported to be heading to Lagos from Abeokuta.
An eye witness told Vanguard that all the eight occupants, including the driver, died on the spot.
The source said that it took the accident rescue team almost an hour, before the corpses of the victims could be retrieved from the wreckage.
It was gathered that many motorists and passengers plying the road could not hold back tears when they saw the gory scene as the battered bodies of the victims were being removed from the scene.
Confirming the incident, the Sagamu Unit Commander of FRSC, Mr Lasisi Ogundele, said the bus was marked LAGOS GGE 540 XC while the articulated vehicle was marked YOBE XB 503 FKA. According to Ogundele: “The Mitsubishi Bus, coming from Abeokuta with nine passengers was on a very high speed when it collided with the truck from the rear. We understand that the trailer stopped abruptly as it was trying to make a turning on the highway and the commercial bus coming from the rear just collided with it.”
Ogundele said that dangerous driving and over speeding was evident on the part of the bus driver who was among victims of the accident.
He said that bodies of the four males, three females and the child had been deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Mortuary.
The Commander said that the only survivor of the incident was also receiving treatment at the OOUTH emergency unit.
He hinted that his men as well as police from Mowe Division were busy controlling traffic of the area to ensure free flow. The Commander thereafter warned motorists to observer all traffic rules and laws while on the highway.