UPDATED: 13 die in Ogun road crashes on Christmas day

Thirteen people have died while 19 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in multiple crashes on Saturday in Ogun State.
The first crash involved a Mercedes Benz MarcoPolo  Luxury Bus which crashed along Sagamu – Benin – Ore expressway, killing seven people and injuring seven other passengers.

Our correspondent gathered that the bus crashed at about 12:20am on Christmas day on Ososa bridge in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The vehicle reportedly took off from Ojuelegba, Lagos and headed towards the Eastern part of the country before it crashed in the lone accident.

Florence Okpe, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)’s Public Education Officer for Ogun Command, confirmed the incident on Saturday, in a statement made available to newsmen.

According to her, 63 people, which comprised 40 male adults, 15 female adults, five male children and three female children, were involved in the accident.

She said seven deaths were recorded while seven others sustained injuries.

The FRSC officer identified wrongful overtaking and loss of control as suspected causes of the accident.

“The injured victims were rendered first aid treatment while the deceased bodies were deposited at the state’s hospital mortuary at Ijebu Ode.

“Nigeria Police Force MTD from Odogbolu were contacted and the crashed vehicle was handed over to the police and obstruction cleared off the road,” She said.

Okpe quoted the Sector Commander, Ahmed Umar, to have cautioned motorists on “dangerous driving especially this period of high vehicular movement and night travel when visibility is poor.”

She also quoted him to have advised motorists to drive defensively, maintain a safe speed, avoid night travels and obey traffic rules and regulations.

Okpe said the second accident occurred at the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway, killing 6 people and leaving 12 others injured.
The FRSC spokesperson said the crash involved a Hiace Bus marked MKA567XZ  and an IVECO trailer with the registration number, XF854KTN.
She said the suspected causes of the crash were road obstruction,  overspeeding and loss of control.
“The injured victims were taken to different hospitals,  some to Lagos State Accident and  Emergency  Ojota,  some to Divine touch hospital ibafo and Olabisi Onobanjo University Teaching Hospital.
“The dead bodies were deposited at Idera Mortuary Sagamu,” Okpe said.
She disclosed that N127, 000 was recovered from the crash scene, urging families of the victims to contact the FRSC Ibafo outpost for more information about the crash.

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