Six Die, 13 Injured In Multiple Accident On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway 


… TRACE Corps Commander Blames Mishap On Recalcitrant Drivers 

NO fewer than six persons were killed in a multiple road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday, 28 February 2024.

Thirteen (13) others, comprising six males and seven females, sustained varying degrees of injuries, one of whom later died, raising the number of casualties to six. 

The deceased persons were all males, a traffic situation report issued by Idowu O. D. from Mowe-Ibafo Divisional Command of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) disclosed. 

According to the report, the accident, involving a DAF truck, with registration number KTG 561 ZZ; a Toyota Hiace bus, marked GGE 84 YF and an unmarked MAN Diesel, occurred at NASFAT U-Turn, outbound Lagos, at about 9:45 am

The accident was a result of impatience, excessive speed and loss of control, the report further disclosed. 

Early responders at the accident scene were 

TRACE, OGSAES, FRSC and Police, with TRACE officials arriving the scene at 9:45 am 

Eleven out of the victims were rescued and taken to Famobis Private Hospital, one of whom was later confirmed dead by the doctor on duty, and the corpse was deposited at the hospital’s morgue, while the earlier dead bodies were deposited at Idera private morgue by FRSC officials. 

Reacting to the accident, TRACE Corps Commander and Chief Executive Officer, ‘Seni Ogunyemi, expressed worry at the daily occurrences and deaths in road crashes. 

Affirming that Wednesday’s unfortunate incident resulted from alcoholic influence on the part of the drivers of the ill-fated vehicles, whose impatience and excessive speed led to the loss of control, Ogunyemi, however, advised drivers to place a premium on people’s lives above every other consideration.  

Why can’t we put a premium on our lives above other considerations of being high under the influence of alcohol? What is the essence of being at high speed that may truncate your journey and lead to untimely deaths? This has happened several times, yet drivers are not learning”, TRACE Corps Commander bewildered. 

He noted that the Agency had organised a series of workshops for drivers, underscoring the negative effects of the vices. 

His words: “We have been taking training to parks and garages, market places as well as resorting to road campaigns, warning against excessive speed, drinking and driving, yet drivers do not learn. We will not stop as long as we are concerned”. 

Ogunyemi commiserated with the families of the deceased and prayed for the repose of their souls while wishing the injured ones quick recovery.


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