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General News of Saturday, 30 April 2022

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17 dead, 23 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accidents

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A total of 17 persons have died and 23 injured within two days in separate accidents on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

On Friday, seven persons died while nine others sustained injuries in an accident involving a Mazda bus and a truck at the Ogunmakin axis of the expressway.

The crash came a day after six persons died and one injured at the Kara area of the expressway.

A few hours earlier, a Toyota Hiace bus went up in flames, killing four persons and injuring 13 others at the Fidiwo area of Ogunmakin.

Latest crashThe latest crash, on Friday, involved a Mazda bus with LSR 696 XS as its registration number and a truck with registration number T-4889 LA.

The FRSC’s Sector Commander in Ogun, Ahmed Umar, blamed the accident on excessive speeding and loss of control by the bus driver, which made him ram into the moving truck ahead of him.

“A total 16 persons, 15 of them male adults, were involved in the accident.

“Five men were injured while six men and one woman died in the mishap,’’ he said.

Mr Umar said they took the injured victims to Victory Hospital, Ogere, Ogun, for treatment while the deceased were deposited at FOS morgue in Ipara, also in Ogun.

The sector commander described the crash as avoidable if the bus driver had not sped excessively on the slippery highway as it was raining at the time of the accident.

Mr Umar commiserated with the families of the crash victims and also enjoined them to contact the FRSC command in Ogunmakin area for details and reclaim the belongings of the victims recovered from the scene.

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