Tragedy struck yesterday afternoon along the ever-busy Lagos – Ibadan expressway when a fuel-laden tanker collided with a 15-seater passenger bus, killing all the occupants, including the driver, on the spot.
The accident, which occurred around 1p.m yesterday afternoon at Fidiwo/ Ajebo axis of the highway, involved three vehicles: a cement-laden Dangote truck marked AJG 40 XA, a petroleum tanker with registration number RAN 571 XA and a passenger bus marked (LAGOS) AGL 373 XR. National Mirror gathered that the tanker that was Ibadan in-bound had attempted to overtake the cement truck at a road diversion, before the head-on collision with the passenger bus that was Ibadan outbound.
Public Relations Officer of the Ogun state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident, said the dead toll included six females and nine males. Akinbiyi also said all 15 passengers of the bus with its driver died on the spot, while the cement truck, which gave way for the overtaking tanker, was no less affected by the crash.
It was gathered that the road diversion that led to the crash, was necessitated by an ongoing repair works along the expressway. When filing this report, the TRACE PRO explained that rescue operation was still ongoing by the combined efforts of its personnel, men of the Nigeria Police as well as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, while petroleum products being conveyed inward Ibadan, the Oyo State capital was also being trans-loaded into another truck.