Food vehicles, bullion van crash in Ogun, Ondo, 4 women, 2 men killed

Seven persons, including a pregnant woman, died in crashes on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Oba-Ile in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State on Thursday.

One of PUNCH correspondents learnt that the pregnant woman was in a bus conveying tomatoes, while the two traders were in a Mazda bus laden with garri on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The spokesman for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.

Akinbiyi said the fatal crash occurred around 5am at the Danco area of the highway inbound Lagos.

The accident occurred two days after a tanker explosion killed two persons in the Ogere area of the Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.

Akinbiyi explained that a DAF truck (flat body) with number plate XY 895 GGE; a granite-laden Iveco truck with number plate JBD 16 XY; a Mazda bus with number plate LND 676 XX conveying tomatoes; and another Mazda bus with number plate BDG 755 YA conveying garri were involved in the crash.

He added that the remains of the deceased had been evacuated by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps and deposited in the Idera Private Morgue, Sagamu, while TRACE officials had cleared the road.

In Oba-Ile, three persons lost their lives in a fatal crash on the Airport Road.

The deceased were a lady and two men, whose identities could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, while three others sustained varying degrees of injury.

An eyewitness said the accident involved a Toyota Corolla car with number plate Lagos APP 91 GR and a Mercedes Benz bullion van belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria with number plate Ondo JTA 478 AA.

It was gathered that the car was heading for Oba-Ile, while the bullion van was moving towards Akure.

It was gathered that the crash resulted in gridlock on the road for several hours.

As of the time of filing this report, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Police and other sympathisers were clearing the scene.

The state sector command of the FRSC said, “The injured victims were taken to Joe Jane Hospital by passers-by and the corpses were taken to the same hospital; the car was towed to the Oba-Ile Police Station, while the bullion van was towed to the CBN office in Akure by policemen.”

Similarly, a yet-to-be-identified driver lost control of his vehicle and killed two persons at Magboro in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State on Monday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the driver, who was in company with three other persons in a Honda Pilot SUV, lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a shop and killed two persons.

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