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One dies in Ogun auto crash, truck-bus accident causes gridlock in Lagos

Babatunde-Akinbiyi

Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi

One person was confirmed dead on Saturday after a gas-laden truck lost control and fell on two vehicles at Orimerunmu, Ogun State end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

It was learnt that the crash involved an unregistered Volvo truck loaded with gas, a Toyota Corolla with the number plate, EQ 165 LSR and Toyota Sienna marked, FKJ 341 GC.

Officials of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps and policemen were said to have responded to the distress call.

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The spokesperson for TRACE, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident, said it occurred at 7.03am, noting that the gas-laden truck lost control and fell on both vehicles.

He said eight people comprising three men, three women and two minors, were involved in the accident.

He stated, “According to eyewitness accounts, the gas-laden truck lost control due to speeding and the tanker fell on both the Toyota Sienna and Toyota Corolla vehicles, all of which were outbound Lagos.

“The Toyota Corolla car conveyed the father, mother and two minors (their children) while the Toyota Sienna conveyed a male (the driver) and two females who escaped unhurt. Unfortunately, the driver of the gas laden truck ran away.”

Akinbiyi said the corpse had been deposited at the morgue of Famobis Hospital in the area.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased, he urged tanker drivers to maintain their vehicles properly and avoid speeding.

Meanwhile, motorists were held in gridlock for about two hours on Saturday due to a crash involving a Nissan Coaster bus and a truck at Idi-Iroko along Ikorodu Road, Lagos State.

It was gathered that the truck was heading inwards Maryland around 8.30am on Saturday when it suddenly developed a fault and rammed into a culvert.

The oncoming coaster bus was said to have run into the truck and fell on its side, thereby blocking the road and inhibiting vehicular movement.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said no life was lost in the accident, adding that a woman sustained injuries.

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