A fatal multiple automobile accident at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, involving a fuel laden tanker which collided with a commercial bus, killing all the passengers including the driver on the spot.
The accident, which occurred at about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday around Fidiwo-Ajebo axis of the express road, involved a cement truck marked AJG 40 XA, a petroleum tanker truck with registration number RAN 571 XA and a passenger bus marked AGL 373 XR.
According to reports, the fuel tanker had attempted to overtake the cement laden Dangote truck at a road diversion point before a head-on collision with the passenger bus which was travelling to Lagos – in opposite direction.
Babatunde Akinbiyi who is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), confirmed the accident. He said that all the 18 passengers in the bus and the driver died on the spot.
Akinbiyi explained that there had been an on-going repair works along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which necessitated the road diversion at the point of the crash.
Recovery operation is still on-going, says the TRACE spokesman, with the combined efforts of TRACE personnel, men of the Nigerian Police as well as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), while the petroleum products being conveyed to Ibadan, Oyo State capital, was also being trans-loaded into another truck.
The Sector Commander, Ogun State Command of the FRSC, Adetunji Adegoke, blamed the cause of the accident on “wrongful overtaking.” He said the dead victims were taken to FOS Mortuary, Ipara, near Sagamu.
In his candid advise, Adegoke charged “drivers to obey road traffic rules and regulations, avoid wrong overtaking, observe speed limit as well as shun the use of expired/tokunbo tyres to avoid accidents on the roads”.