14 escape death in Ogun crash, FRSC blames speeding
Fourteen persons were injured in a multiple accident that occurred at Magboro junction along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday.
PUNCH Metro gathered that three vehicles were involved in the crash that occurred around 8.30am after a Mazda bus reportedly rammed into a yellow commercial bus from behind at the junction, causing the other vehicles to lose control, leading to the crash.
Residents who spoke with our correspondent who visited the scene after the crash said the yellow bus was badly damaged after it was hit by the Mazda bus.
A driver, Salami Idris, who conveys passengers from Magboro to the Mowe area of the expressway, said he narrowly escaped, saying he and his passengers would have also been victims.
“The driver of the Mazda bus filled with passengers was speeding. It hit the yellow bus from behind, and the bus fell towards the sloppy part of the junction where commercial motorcyclists were usually stationed. It was God that saved us. The driver’s hand was badly injured and the bones on his hand were seen,” Idris said.
A motorcyclist who gave his name as Ahmed said he saw officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps taking the injured victims away, expressing fear that some people might have died in the crash.
But the spokesperson for the Ogun State Sector of the FRSC, Florence Okpe, when contacted, said nobody died and 21 passengers were involved while 14 of them were injured.
Okpe said, “No life was lost. It was a multiple crash and three vehicles were involved. The people involved were 21 in number, and 14 people got injured – eight males and six females. It was due to speeding and wrongful overtaking and one of the vehicles lost control.”