13 dead in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident
13 persons lost their lives while 10 others sustained injuries in a multiple accident around Saapade, near Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, on Wednesday.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun State, confirmed the incident.
Oladele said that the crash occurred around 5 pm. at Saapade, where a diversion was created by RCC, the construction company currently working on the rehabilitation of the highway.
He noted that the accident was caused by a speeding truck heading towards Lagos, whose tyre suddenly burst causing it to collide head-on with two other buses heading towards Ibadan, with one of them, in the process, attempting to wrongfully overtake within the diversion area.
The FRSC boss explained that a total of 37 people, comprising 20 male adults, 15 female adults and 2 female children were victims of the fatal crash while 13 others, comprising four male adults, seven female adults and two female children, died in the accident.
Oladele said that the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the Ipara mortuary, while the injured were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere.
Oladele remarked that the incident would have been avoided if motorists driving in diversion areas had observed maximum speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour and avoided overtaking. He also enjoined passengers to caution drivers of vehicles they board on reckless driving, if they refuse, FRSC should be contacted on its toll free number 122.