3 die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident

Three persons died while 14 others sustained injuries in an accident around Saapade area on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday.

Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi,  the spokesman,  Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta. Akinbiyi said that the accident, which occurred around 7:15 am, involved a Mazda bus marked AKD 53 XN travelling from Ibadan to Lagos and a Ford bus marked RGB 490 XA traveling from Lagos to Ikire.

He said that the accident occurred at a diversion area on the expressway, where the vehicles collided due to speeding and reckless driving. “The eyewitness account posited that the driver of the Ford bus coming from Lagos to Ikire was among the three dead victims while the other two were among the passengers in the  Mazda bus,” the spokesman said. Akinbiyi said that the three corpses were deposited at FOS Mortuary, Ipara.

According to him, the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere; State Hospital, Isara; and Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. He warned motorists to avoid excessive speed and reckless driving at diversion/construction areas because of its attendant consequences. Akinbiyi urged them to keep to the 50km/h speed limit.

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