Lorry kills 10 passengers opposite Four Square camp, in Ajebo area of Ogun State along Lagos – Ibadan Expressway

Lorry kills 10 passengers opposite Four Square camp, in Ajebo area of Ogun State along Lagos - Ibadan Expressway

Lorry kills 10 passengers opposite Four Square camp, in Ajebo area of Ogun State along Lagos - Ibadan Expressway

Lorry kills 10 passengers opposite Four Square camp, in Ajebo area of Ogun State along Lagos – Ibadan Expressway

About 10 passengers were crushed to death on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday after an 18-seater Mazda bus hit a truck opposite the Four Square camp, in the Ajebo area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that the accident, which took place at about 2:00pm, instantly enticed a crowd of sympathizers, that rushed to the scene to assist security agents in taking the victims to local hospitals.

Eyewitnesses informed our reporters that those who died were at first carried to the roadside before they were taken away.

It was learnt that the commuter bus with number plate, APP 912 XH, was driving against the traffic (one way) and going to Lagos when it rammed right into the truck, marked, GGE 338 XL, which was heading for Ibadan, Oyo State.

The information revealed that 10 of the passengers in the bus, including its driver, died instantly while others suffered differing levels of injuries. It was discovered that the event created a gridlock on the road, but emergency agencies – the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Army and the Federal Road Security Corps – reached the scene and assisted in taking care of the victims and the bus cleared off the road.

Among the eyewitnesses, Ebenezer Fadiya, uploaded photos of the departed, whose bodies were mangled in the accident, on his Facebook web page, noting that no fewer than 10 persons died. He claimed, “The scene of a casualty around the Four Square camp, Ajebo, Lagos Ibadan Freeway, Ogun State, was nauseating. The traveler bus collided with the vehicle while driving against the traffic. No less than 10 individuals passed away”.

Another witness, that identified himself as Olagunju, said the foods items conveyed by the bus littered the road. He stated the victims were traders, adding that he was scared by the severed bodies of the dead. “The scene was extremely gory. I counted 9 bodies lying on the road. Several of them had their legs and hands cut off. The bus driver smashed his head against the steering and died. I learnt that they were traders taking a trip to Lagos. They are all men. It was terrible,” he stated. Olagunju blamed the accident on the impatience of the bus motorist, saying he drove against the traffic. “Apart from the 10 passengers that passed away, a number of others were wounded and the bus was badly harmed. An accident similar to this is preventable if motorists will learn to follow the traffic law. Why drive against the traffic? It is completely wrong,” he added.

The Head of Operations, FRSC, Ogun State Command, Deputy Corps Commander, Divis Ogiamiem, claimed the accident was triggered by wrongful overtaking by the vehicle driver of the commercial bus at a section of the road where there was a traffic diversion. He said, “The source of the collision was unlawful overtaking and loss of control by the driver of the Mazda bus. He was travelling from Ibadan to Lagos; it was in that process that the driver rammed the bus into an approaching Iveco truck, travelling to Ibadan. “Ten passengers passed away, while others were wounded. The accident occurred around 2.10 pm today (Wednesday).”.

Divis Ogiamiem said the corpses of the victims had actually been transferred in the mortuary of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State. He also included that six hurt guests were getting treatment in the same hospital.

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