The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps has announced a fatal crash along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The crash, which occurred around Sapade near Ogere Ogun State on Wednesday 13 November, 2019 at about 5 pm was said to have claimed no fewer than 13 lives.

In a release signed by Florence Okpe, the Route Commander Public Education Officer of the Command, the accident took place where a diversion was created by the construction company currently working on rehabilitating the Lagos-Ibadan corridor.

The fatal crash involved a total of 37 persons, comprising 20 male adults, 15 female adults and two female children.  

The people injured in the crash were put at 10, comprising four male adults and six female adults, in which unfortunately 13 persons were dispatched to the great beyond. Those who lost their lives include four male adults, seven female adults and two female children.

The unfortunate incident involved three vehicles comprising a truck heading towards the Lagos axis of the Expressway which suddenly suffered a tyre burst and in the process collided head-on with two other speeding commuter buses heading towards the Ibadan axis of the Expressway, with one of them in the process attempting to wrongfully overtake within the diversion area.

The details of the vehicles were given as, KTU 93 XW a yellow coloured Mazda bus, the second being a white Toyota bus with registration number KEY 847 XA. The third a vehicle with registration number KA B97 XA, a Man Diesel truck.

The Sector Commander FRSC Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele has expressed deep shock over the incident and has commiserated with relations of the crash victims.

The Sector Commander requested relations of the crash victims to contact the FRSC Command in Ogere Ogun State or the Victory Hospital Ogere, where the victims were rescued, for medical treatment.

The corpses of the victims have been deposited at the Ipara Mortuary. Ogun State and the obstruction being cleared with the aid of RCC, the construction company supporting rescue operations with their heavy duty equipment, to restore traffic.

“This incident would have been avoided where motorists driving along diversion areas at construction zones, observe maximum speed limit  of 50 kilometres per hour and avoid overtaking till clearly out of diversion areas to avoid head on collision.

“Passengers inside vehicles being driven recklessly should always caution their drivers and where they refused to be cautioned, the FRSC should be contacted on the FRSC toll free number 122,” the Sector Commander said in the release.

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