No fewer than nine passengers, including an infant who was less than a year old, were on Saturday feared dead in an auto crash along Abeokuta-Siun-Sagamu Expressway.
The auto crash occurred when a Volvo tipper truck marked XF 795 AAB collided with an 18-seater Hiace bus belonging to Lukdos Transport Company with registration number LAGOS JJJ 489 XB at Ototo village, few metres away from Abeokuta, the state capital.
The passengers in the Lagos-bound commercial bus were said to be members of African Church Solution Camp located along Ewang Estate in Abeokuta who were on their way to attend a wedding ceremony of one of their members.
An eyewitness said the accident occurred at about 7.30am when the Volvo truck coming from an opposite direction lost control and collided with the bus.
Seven of the passengers were said to have died on the spot while two others died on the way to the hospital.
A two-year old girl who was also in the bus sustained head injury. She was taken to the State Hospital, Ijaiye for treatment.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, state Fire Service, Ogun State Ambulance Services, Police and Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency were at the scene to evacuate the victims.
The TRACE Coordinator, Mr. Sola Bamidele, who visited the scene of the accident said the truck driver’s recklessness caused the crash.
Bamidele added that the authority was still trying to get the manifest of the passengers from the transport company.
The Coordinating Officer, Ogun State Ambulance Services, Dr. Hassan Adelakun, also confirmed the death of some of the passengers, adding that some others died on their way to the hospital.
Adelakun said the remains of the victims had been deposited at the morgues of the State Hospital, Ijaiye and the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
The Ogun Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Ayobami Omiyale, said nine persons, including an infant, had been confirmed dead.
Omiyale said, “We are still trying to ascertain the exact number killed as it is speculated that some sympathisers had taken some away. But nine persons which included an infant of less than a year were confirmed.”