No fewer than 10 people believed to be students of yet-to-be-identified schools lost their lives in a midnight fatal accident at Obada-Oko on the Abeokuta- Lagos Expressway, yesterday.
An eye-witness told Vanguard that the commercial bus with number-plate LAGOS CZ 269 MUS had a head-on collision with an articulate vehicle with number-plate LAGOS 208 XB.
The Itori Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Fatai Bakare, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that 11 people were involved in the accident. Bakare said the Lagos-bound articulated vehicle drove against traffic, prompting the head-on collision at Obada-Oko- Adigbe Junction.
He said: “All the deceased had been deposited at Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Abeokuta, and Ifo General Hospital; the only survivor is critically injured and receiving treatment at FMC. Again, we have to say that it is very important for motorists to keep to their lane while on the highway to forestall a recurrence of this type of situation.”
Meantime, no fewer than five persons were confirmed dead while seven others sustained serious injuries in a fatal auto-crash in Turum Village, on Bauchi/ Maiduguri Road.
Vanguard gathered that the accident which occurred on Monday about 7.30 pm, involved a 14- seater Mitsubishi bus with number-plate, XA 657 GW and tanker with number-plate XG 810 JJA. The accident, it was learnt, happened when the driver of the Mitsubishi bus, who was alleged to be on top speed, rammed into the tanker parked on the roadside.
Bauchi State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Olatunji Sunday, said: “Among the 14 passengers that were involved in the accident, five persons were confirmed dead, which included two females, two males and a child. The seven other persons that were injured included two females and five males while two other persons were unhurt.
After we got information about the accident, we sent our rescue team to the crash site and evacuated all the affected victims to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Hospital and the police took possession of the victim’s property to avoid being stolen by hoodlums.”
The Sector Commander blamed the accident on over speeding and cautioned tanker drivers against parking indiscriminately on the roadside without adequate warning signs.
He said the Commission had been sensitizing drivers of heavy duty trucks on the consequences of parking vehicles on the roadside without adequate warning signs, saying “In any circumstance, should a trailer, truck or lorry break down on the road, the drivers of such vehicles should indicate that there is a vehicle on the road by putting either leaves, triangle sign or stones.
“Over time, we have observed that tanker drivers are the most stubborn set of individuals to deal with because they always pose as a threat to other road users.” Mr. Olatunji appealed to the employers of such big vehicles to caution their drivers against flaunting traffic rules and regulation because according to him, majority of them were uneducated.