JUST IN: 9 dead and 7 injured as commercial bus rams into truck on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway

No fewer than nine persons have been confirmed dead while seven others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an accident involving a truck and a Mazda bus at Kere bridge, an Area of Ewekoro Local Government on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The Spokesperson, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident through a statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

Okpe explained that the incident occurred at 8:00am, saying it was caused by excessive speed, route violation which led to a head-on collision between the truck without registration number and a bus marked SMK 808 YD.

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Okpe further explained that a total of 17 persons were involved in the accident which comprised seven men, nine women and one female child.

The statement reads partly, “A total of seven persons were injured which comprises five women, one man and one female child.

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“Unfortunately nine persons were recorded dead from the crash which comprised five men and four women.”

The FRSC publicist further stated that the injured victims were taken to General Hospital, Ijaye while the deceased were deposited at the same hospital’s morgue in Abeokuta, state capital.

Quoting the sector commander, Anthony Uga, Okpe cautioned motorists against route violation and excessive speed, pointing out the dangers associated with the two critical offences.

In another development, a staff member working at the Zoological Garden of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been injured by a lion.

The chairman of the National Association of Non-Teaching Staff of Universities (NANTSU) OAU, Ile-Ife branch, Mr. Wole Odewumi, confirmed this to The Punch on Monday, February 19, 2024.

Odewumi said details of how the incident happened were not available, but there were insinuations that the deceased had left the cage opened, while trying to feed the animal when he got seized by the lion. 

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He, however, confirmed that a veterinary technologist, Olabode Olawuyi, was killed by a lion in the OAU zoological garden on Monday.

He added that Olawuyi’s death was a loss to the entire OAU community.

Odewumi condoled the family of the late Olawuyi, and said the leadership of the association would meet the university’s management to discuss the welfare of the family left behind by the deceased.

He said: “The injured staff could have sustained the injury when those at the scene were running helter-skelter in panic during the incident.”

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