Monday 8 February 2016

Auto crash: 17 killed, 79 injured on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

It was a bloody Sunday yesterday on the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway where at least 17 people lost their lives in an auto accident. About 79 others were said to have sustained various degrees of injury in the accident involving an articulated vehicle and a Peugeot J5 bus at Sepo area on the ever-busy highway, which in the last couple of years has become a death-trap. The Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Yusuf Salami, both vehicles were travelling to Lagos.

He said that the accident was caused by impatience, overspeeding and struggle for the right of the way. The commander disclosed that all affected persons were adults. He said: “A Peugeot J5 with number plate XS 626 LSV and a DAF articulated vehicle with number plate AA 902 MML, crashed as both drivers were struggling for the right of the way.
They were both going to Lagos when the accident happened around 9.30a.m. on Sunday. It happened just before the campus of the Dominion University in Sepo, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“There were 96 people involved with 17 confirmed dead. It is obvious that both drivers were over-speeding and suddenly lost control of the vehicles. The Peugeot bus was loaded with passengers and goods but the casualty figure rose because the other vehicle was travelling to Lagos with huge amount of illegal passengers.”
Salami said the bodies of the victims had been deposited at the Adeoyo State Hospital morgue in Ibadan, while the injured persons were taken to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, and Kejide Hospital also in Ibadan.

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