No fewer than seven people were killed in two accidents in Lagos and Ogun states.
In Lagos, two unidentified persons died instantly on Moshood Abiola Road (Ikorodu Road) when a Lagos Bus Service, LAGBUS, vehicle rammed into a Sports Utility Van they were in.
Five persons were also feared dead in multiple accidents in the early hours of yesterday near the Police Divisional Headquarters in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Lagos incident, which occurred about 5.30 p.m. in the Majidun area on Ikorodu-Mile 12 Road, resulted into a gridlock as motorists and passersby rushed to the scene to see the victims.
It was gathered that the LAGBUS apparently developed a brake failure and ran into the SUV, killing the unidentified male occupants instantly.
5 dead in Ogun
According to an eye witness, the Ogun accident which occurred about 5am involved an 18-seater passenger bus, with number-plate -Lagos XR 822 KSF and two tipper lorries with number-plates Ogun AE 249 DED and Lagos XR 969 BDG.
The eyewitness told Vanguard that the driver of one of the tipper lorries was driving recklessly thereby ramming into the passenger bus, loaded with vegetables and other farm produce.
The other tipper lorry was also said to have rammed into the accidented vehicles after developing a brake failure too.
The victims and the wrecked vehicles were towed to the Ifo Divisional Police Station.
The unit commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Itori Unit, Fatai Bakare, who confirmed the accident, told newsmen that five vehicles were involved in the crash.
Bakare, however, said only one person died on the spot due to injuries, while four others were seriously injured and were receiving treatment at a nearby clinic.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi, also confirmed the accident.
…as Amosun launches 77 BMT buses
Meantime, anxiety has gripped commercial drivers in Abeokuta, as Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, launches 77 buses under the new scheme, Bus Mass Transit.
The gesture has also divided National Union of Road Transport Workers ,NURTW, in the state following the plan by Amosun to storm some of the garages with the BMT buses.