Two die, seven injured in Lagos/Abeokuta highway accident

 Two die, seven injured in Lagos/Abeokuta highway accident

By Rasaq Adebayo

Two persons reportedly died at the weekend, when a Toyota Sienna car was said to have rammed into some commuters at Kudigbe, towards Arigbajo, on the Lagos-Abeokuta highway.

Seven other persons were said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries as a result of the road traffic crash.

Spokesperson, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Me. Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi explained that the accident occurred at 7:32am, saying the sienna car marked KRD 900 GV, also hit a brown Ford car, marked AAB 439 XB and a yellow tricycle, with registration number AKM 791 VP.

He added, ”The accident was caused by excessive speeding and loss of control on the part of the Toyota sienna driver.”

The TRACE spokesman noted that the accident involved 10 people, which comprised five males and five females.

“According to eyewitnesses, the toyota sienna driver was on top speed and in its attempt to avoid a pothole, lost control and ran into commuters by the road side waiting to board a bus to their destinations.

“In the process, two persons died, including a minor (whose mother was alive) and an old man, while seven other commuters were injured, with one person escaping unhurt.

“The driver of the toyota sienna has been arrested and taken to Itori Divisional Police Station, with the vehicles involved in the crash, ” he said.

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Akinbiyi added that the injured were taken to General Hospital, Ifo while the deceased were deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

He said that the Corps Commander of TRACE, Mr. Seni Ogunyemi, has admonished drivers to regulate their speed and avoid excessive speeding.

”Traders should stop displaying their wares on the road and commuters should always stand at designated bus-stops to board vehicles to their destinations,” he counselled.


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