12 Die In Auto Crash, On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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12 people have been killed and eight injured in an auto collision on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday.

The incident occurred when a Ford commercial bus collided with a Volvo truck at around 12.25pm at the Fidiwo/Ogunmakin area, close to the Foursquare Church camp. Traffic in that area had been diverted to a single lane due to the ongoing construction in the area.

The Volvo truck (LSD 138 XQ) was on its way to Lagos while An 18-seater commercial bus, with number plate AAA 886 XR, was on the road to Ibadan,

Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer, of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, stated that the accident was due to wrongful overtaking on the part of the driver of the commercial bus.

“The driver of the commercial bus was reported by our men to have engaged in wrongful overtaking. He had pulled out from the lane in an attempt to overtake other vehicles ahead of him, and due to wrong calculation, his bus collided with the Volvo truck coming in its own lane from the opposite direction.”

Akinbiyi said the 12 passengers that died were inside the commercial bus.

“The accident led to the deaths of 12 persons while eight others sustained varying degrees of injuries. Among the eight, who were injured, six were passengers on the ill-fated bus, while the remaining two were inside the Volvo truck,” he added.

He said the corpses of the victims had been deposited at a private mortuary at Ipara, while the injured were receiving treatment in a private hospital at Ogunmakin in Ogun State.

The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Clement Oladele, also confirmed the accident and the number of the victims.

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