A woman and her daughter on Sunday in Sango Ota area of Ogun State were killed when an articulated vehicle conveying granite lost control and hit them while waiting at the bus stop.
The vehicle also crushed five passenger buses, six motorcycles and two tricycles popularly known as Keke NAPEP, resulting in injuries to 10 other people.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the green truck, with registration number LAGOS XY 03 EPE, was at Tollgate Bus Stop, driving towards Lagos when it suddenly developed a brake failure and had an accident.
Our correspondent gathered that immediately after the incident, the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled.
The incident was said to have caused traffic snarls as motorists and pedestrians were stranded for hours on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Officials of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement immediately rushed to the scene and evacuated the victims. The TRACE officials also diverted traffic so as to assuage the situation.
The corps’ Zonal Commander, Ado-Odo Ota Zonal office, Mr. Ajibade Adekunle, told our correspondent that the driver of the vehicle could have handled the problem better.
Adekunle said those injured had been transferred to various hospitals while the deceased had been taken to a mortuary.
He said, “Around 8am, the truck was around Tollgate Bus Stop, driving towards Lagos when it experienced a brake failure. Instead of the driver to swerve and hit the partition which could have slowed down his speed, he turned towards where the buses were loading passengers.
“In the process, a mother and daughter standing by were immediately killed, hit six buses with registration numbers, XR 608 ABC, XR 350 EPE, XN 858 MUS, KRD 413 XA, XW 348 SMK, two Keke NAPEPs with registration numbers Y317 FST and QZ 290 FKJ and six motorcycles.
“Eight victims were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital; two were taken to Hamadiyah Hospital, Ijaye while the corpses were taken to a mortuary.”
Adekunle urged motorists to always check their vehicles before driving, adding that accidents had been on the increase in the area because motorists failed to observe traffic regulations.