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End-of-year tragedy: 24 die in auto crashes

By Daud Olatunji & Gabriel Enogholase

It was a harvest of deaths, weekend, as about 24 people reportedly lost their lives in different accidents across the country, with many sustaining various degrees of injuries.

Five persons, including a baby boy, lost their lives, while 13 sustained various degrees of injury in an accident on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday, when the bus they were travelling in veered off the road and rammed into a stationary truck.

Fifteen persons also died in an accident along Gujungu-Gumel road in Kaugama Local Government Area of Jigawa State on Saturday night; same night, four persons died in an auto crash along the Benin-Asaba Road.

5 on Lagos-Ibadan Road

On the five dead, the accident, which occurred yesterday morning at the WAZOBIA Area of Ogere along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, involved a white Mazda passenger bus with  number plates DDA121XA and a red MAN Diesel truck, with  number plates MGD129ZF.

The State Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Clement Oladele, who confirmed the accident, said five persons died and 13 others were injured in the accident.

Oladele said that two vehicles and 18 persons were involved in the accident.

The Sector Commander explained that the commercial bus, which was coming from Ibadan to Lagos, lost control, veered off the road and collided with the trailer that was parked by the road side.

“The corpses have been deposited at the mortuary in Ipara General Hospital, while the survivors are also receiving treatment at Sagamu and Victory Hospital, Ogere,” he added.

Oladele said the driver of the commercial bus absconded immediately after the accident occurred.

15 in Jigawa

Also, no fewer than 15 persons died in an accident involving a Sharon SUV and a truck along Gujungu-Gumel Road in Kaugama Local Government Area of Jigawa State on Saturday night.

SP Abdu Jinjiri, spokesman of the state Police Command, who confirmed the accident yesterday, said the Sharon vehicle, which was supposed to carry seven passengers, was overloaded with 14 people.

His words: “A seven-passengers capacity vehicle overloaded with 14 passengers rammed into a truck coming from the opposite direction on Gujungu-Gumel Road.

“As a result, nine of the passengers died on the spot, while the rest were rushed to Gumel General Hospital, in Gumel Local Government Area.

“Nine males, including the driver of the Sharon bus, four females and two children died in the accident.

“It was possible the driver of the overloaded vehicle was on high speed and could not control it. Anyway, only investigation will reveal the real cause of the accident.”

He said the driver of the truck, aged 22, was in Police custody as investigation was ongoing.

The Police spokesman cautioned motorists against over-speeding under whatever circumstances.

Unofficial sources said the overloaded bus was heading to Daura Local Government Area in Katsina State.

In Edo

Four were confirmed dead in an auto crash along the Benin-Asaba Road, Edo State, involving a Toyota Hiace Bus and a truck, on Saturday.

Mr. George Oshoke, the Public Relations Officer of Edo Command of FRSC, said the accident occurred on the Abudu Bridge in Orhiowon Local Government Area of the state.

Oshioke said in Benin, on Saturday, that six persons were involved in the accident, but added that four persons—two males and two females— lost their lives on the spot.

He disclosed that the other two persons sustained severe injuries and have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

While also confirming that the remains of the dead victims have been deposited in a morgue, the spokesman attributed the mishap to over-speeding.


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