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Auto Crash: 14 Dead In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accidents

accident11By Patrick Aigbokhan

No fewer than 14 persons were confirmed dead on Thursday in two separate accidents at Ogunmakin on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Reports said that the accidents occurred on Wednesday and in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The first accident, which involved two vehicles, occurred on Wednesday at about 4:05 a.m., claiming 10 lives.
Sources, who witnessed it said a trailer loaded with cows and more than 27 passengers collided with another trailer.
The sources said a total of 30 people were involved in the crash with 20 injured while 10 were confirmed dead at Ifeoluwa Hospital in Ogunmakin.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and policemen were said to be involved in the rescue operation, which lasted for some minutes.
At about the same spot, another crash was reported on Thursday at about 4:00 a.m involving a loaded tanker which collided with a luxury bus coming from Abuja.
About 50 victims of the crash were jointly rescued by the effort of the FRSC officials and policemen, while 10 were injured.
Four persons were confirmed dead in the accident and their remains were deposited at Fakoya mortuary in Sagamu.
Nseobong Akpabio, Assistant Corps Marshal, FRSC Zone 2 Lagos, who confirmed both accidents in a statement, expressed worry about the spate of road accidents, especially at night.
He warned motorists and commuters to desist from embarking on night journeys, noting that the accidents may be due to loss of control or over-speeding.
Akpabio said the commission had commenced investigation into both crashes, noting that details would be made public.
The FRSC officer said, “We all know that night travelling is extremely dangerous and should not be encouraged by families and companies.
“We completely discourage all Nigerians from travelling at night irrespective of the emergency, in view of its associated dangers and consequences.
“Drivers should ensure that their vehicles are in good working condition, including functional brake lights, reverse lights, turn signals and any functioning lights.”
He also warned that driving at night was more dangerous than daytime due to poor visibility, drivers’ fatigue and other associated human errors.

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