Sunday 23 April 2023

Seven burnt to death, 14 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident

At least seven persons were burnt to death, while 14 others sustained injuries in a lone accident around OPIC on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sunday.

Florence Okpe, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident in Abeokuta.

Ms Okpe explained that the incident occurred at about 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

The FRSC spokesperson said that the accident was caused by excessive speeding and brake failure, which led to loss of control, saying that the vehicle hit the road divider, somersaulted and went up in flames.

She stated that 22 persons were involved in the accident, which comprised seven men, eight women, four male children, and three female children.

Ms Okpe added that 14 people were injured – four men, five women, two male children and three female children.

The FRSC public education officer said the seven persons burnt to death were two men, three women and two children.

“The vehicle involved in the accident had the registration number BDG 993 YG, a Mazda bus,” she said.

Ms Okpe explained that the injured persons were taken to Lagos State Accident Emergency Centre, Ojota, while the deceased were deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Morgue, Sagamu.

She commiserated with the families of the victims while also advising motorists to shun speed and always have a routine vehicle check for good maintenance and replacement of any defect.


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