A dozen students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago–Iwoye, were crushed to death and one other gravely injured on Friday when a container fell on a passenger bus conveying them towards Lagos.
The unlatched 20-feet container from a truck came off when the driver, driving against traffic, wanted to avoid an obstruction on the Sagamu stretch of the Lagos/Benin Expressway, the load tipped and fell lethally atop the bus’ roof.
The heavy but empty container press–pinned the bus to the ground in the accident, which occurred few meters away from the gate of a plastic manufacturing company near the Ilisha Remo junction.
The vehicles were a truck marked (LAGOS) BDG 779 XE and a Toyota Hiace passenger bus bearing (Lagos) XV 311 MUS.
It was learnt that the OOU students were travelling to Lagos for the weekend when they met their untimely death.
The Ijebu–Ode Commander of the Ogun State Traffic Management and Compliance Agency (TRACE) Tommy Hamzat told reporters that the driver of the loaded container drove against traffic.
Hamzat added that the wrong driving made it difficult for the passenger bus driver to notice the approaching truck and eventually crashed into it.
He explained that the container from the truck fell on the bus which caused the death of the passengers.
He said: “I was coming from Sagamu and saw the accident. I had to hurriedly park my car, ran there to see if the passengers could be rescued but unfortunately, all the occupants were dead including the driver.
“The bus was facing Lagos; I don’t know where it was coming from. The container truck with no load in it was coming from Sagamu side, but was driving against the traffic and that resulted in the collision, which eventually claimed the lives of the innocent people.”
Also, the TRACE Commander in Sagamu Kehinde Arode, who confirmed the death of 12 people, said one other person was badly injured.
Arode said that the injured person has been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, while the remains of the dead have also been deposited at the same hospital.