Fatal Auto-crash Claims 13 lives on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

13 people, including 4 children have lost their lives while 12 others were injured in a tragic accident involving a white Mazda bus and a blue Volvo truck on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State, Ahmed Umar, who confirmed the incident that happened on Wednesday, said the crash was caused by speeding and wrongful overtaking.

According to him, the crash which happened around 3.45 pm left 13 people dead and 12 others injured and the injured victims were rushed to the Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for treatment, while the corpses were deposited in the mortuary of the hospital.

A spokesperson for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, in a statement, also confirmed 13 fatalities.

Akinbiyi said among the dead were four children.

He said, “Twelve persons, comprising five male adults, three female adults and four minors sustained injuries.

“Thirteen persons, comprising four male adults, five female adults and four minors were presumed dead.

“Those that were injured were taken to the Idera Hospital, while the presumed dead bodies were also deposited in the Idera private morgue.

“The vehicles involved in the accident have been towed to the Sagamu Police Station.”

On the cause of the accident, Akinbiyi said, “We learnt that the commercial bus was coming from Lagos, and it overtook another vehicle at its front wrongly, only to ram into a stationery truck by the roadside, killing nine persons in the vehicle on the spot.

“The remaining four victims died at the Idera Hospital, where they were rushed to by officials of TRACE and Federal Road Safety Corps.

“This is why TRACE will continue to insist that the road or roadside is not a mechanic workshop where cars should be parked or repaired for whatever fault because of its attendant consequences.”

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