Several Dead as Bus Catches Fire Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A fatal road accident has claimed the lives of many people on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Thursday evening.

The accident happened around 10:20 in the evening at the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Obafemi/Owode Local Government area of Ogun state.

Disclosing the fatal incident to newsmen in a statement early Friday morning, the Spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi stated that many occupants of the bus were burnt beyond recognition, adding that three survivors sustained burn injuries.

The accident which involved a silver Toyota RAV 4, with registration number, LND 13 GS, a silver Toyota Camry marked, GGE 369 GJ and a burnt Mazda bus with an unidentified number plate were reported to be caused by a wrong overtaking resulting in the collision into a stationary faulty vehicle, the Toyota Rav 4, parked in the middle of the road.

Akinbiyi said TRACE operatives and other security agencies on the ground rescued two victims to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre and one other to the General Hospital at Gbagada.

He said, “Preliminary investigation showed that the burnt commercial bus was involved in wrongful overtaking before it hit a broken down stationary vehicle (Toyota Rave 4) in the middle of the road.

“In the process, it lost control and somersaulted several times before it burst into flames.

“As of the time of filing this report, it can’t be ascertained if the Mazda bus was fully loaded, but the carcass of burnt bodies beyond recognition was noticed at the accident scene.

“Two of the three persons who sustained injuries were taken to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre while one was taken to the General Hospital, Gbagada for treatment, by the combined efforts of TRACE, FRSC, and the police.

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