52 die in Ogun auto crashes

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Fifty two people died in 66 road ac­ci­dents which were recorded in Ogun State be­tween Jan­uary and March, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said yes­ter­day in Abeokuta.

The state Sec­tor Com­man­der, Mr Ade­goke Ade­tunji, told news­men that 264 people were also in­jured as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dents dur­ing the pe­riod un­der re­view.

He said the fig­ure in­di­cated over 50 per cent drop com­pared with ca­su­al­ties recorded dur­ing the same pe­riod last year, when 107 deaths were recorded and 674 per­sons were in­jured in 218 ac­ci­dents.

Giv­ing the break­down for each month, he said the com­mand recorded a to­tal of 158 ca­su­al­ties in 24 crashes in Jan­uary 2014, with 22 deaths and 90 people in­jured.

Ade­tunji said in Fe­bru­ary, 207 ca­su­al­ties were recorded in 20 crashes, with 12 people killed and 89 in­jured.

“In March, we recorded 177 ca­su­al­ties in 22 crashes, where 18 per­sons lost their lives and 85 were in­jured,’’ he said.

Ade­tunji said most of the crashes were due to speed­ing, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic rules, and there­fore urged road users to im­bibe the cul­ture of ad­her­ing to traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions at all times. (NAN)

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