Truck crushes four in La­gos-ibadan Expressway crash

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

Atruck con­vey­ing yam has crushed four per­sons to death and in­jured four oth­ers at the Pipe­line junc­tion in the Ogere Remo end of the La­gos-ibadan Expressway, Remo-north Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Ogun State. Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the ac­ci­dent, which in­volved the truck with num­ber plate TKP 653 XA, oc­curred around 4.30am on Thurs­day.

The Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Ogun State Traf­fic Com­pli­ance and En­force­ment Corps, Ba­batunde Ak­in­biyi, con­firmed the crash.

Ak­in­biyi said the truck driver, who was com­ing to La­gos from the north­ern part of the coun­try, lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle.

The TRACE spokesman ex­plained that the Man diesel truck was con­vey­ing 14 pas­sen­gers, pre­sumed to be the own­ers of the goods and who sat on tu­bers of yam, when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Ak­in­biyi said the driver sud­denly lost con­trol due to ex­ces­sive speed and poor vis­i­bil­ity; hence the ve­hi­cle fell on its side and crushed four of the pas­sen­gers to death.

He ex­plained that the four in­jured pas­sen­gers and the driver of the truck had been taken to the Idera Hospi­tal, Sagamu.

He stated, “The ca­su­alty was much be­cause some of the pas­sen­gers, who were also the likely own­ers of the yam, were sit­ting on tu­bers of yam in the open space at the back of the truck, thus when the driver lost con­trol due to ex­cess speed and poor vis­i­bil­ity, the truck fell on its side on the pas­sen­gers.

“The ve­hi­cle has been taken to the Police Mo­tor Traf­fic Divi­sion, Iperu. How­ever, the driver was among the in­jured.

“While TRACE com­mis­er­ates with the fam­i­lies of the dead and the in­jured, mo­torists are ad­vised to main­tain their ve­hi­cles very well, avoid ex­ces­sive speed and night trav­els if pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially now that that the har­mat­tan sea­son is here with poor vis­i­bil­ity ev­ery­where.”



• Scene of the crash

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