By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Three passengers, a female and two males, lost their lives while 10 others sustained various degrees of injury in a multiple accident on Ijebu-Ode-Ore expressway yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that the accident occurred around 11am at the Odogbolu stretch of the expressway and involved a bus on the fleet of a popular transport company with number plates AYJ836XK and a Mercedes Benz (Mack) with number plates SKB 844AA.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the accident occurred as a result of an attempt by the bus which was sandwiched at the time between two trucks to overtake them, but, had a side collision with the truck on its left hand side, swerved and collided with the second truck.
The Sector Commander, Ogun State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Clement Ladle, who confirmed the accident attributed the cause to “wrongful overtaking, speeding and loss of control.”
Ladle said 19 people were involved in the accident, adding that the dead had been taken to the morgue of the State Hospital Ijebu – Ode while the injured were taken to Ro’ona Hospital, also in Ijebu – Ode, for medical attention.
“The dead were deposited at the Ijebu Ode General Hospital Mortuary, while the injured victims were taken to Ro’ona Hospital, Ijebu Ode for medical attention.
“Also, the vehicles involved were handed over to the Nigeria Police Force, Odogbolu Division,” he said.