Eighteen passengers of a commercial bus and the driver were feared dead on Sunday as the bus they were travelling in had a head-on collision with a tanker on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the Fidiwo/Ajebo area.
The accident occurred around 1pm at a section of the road where there is a diversion of traffic to a single lane, due to construction work on the road.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the accident was caused by the driver of a loaded fuel tanker, which was travelling to Ibadan.
Akinbiyi explained that the tanker was trying to overtake another vehicle when it had a head-on collision with the Lagos-bound commercial bus, killing all the passengers and the driver instantly.
A Dangote truck, loaded with bags of cement, which the fuel tanker was trying to overtake, was also involved in the crash.
The three vehicles involved had these number plates: Dangote truck – AJG 40 XA; fuel tanker – RAN 571 XA; and the commercial bus – AGL 373 XR.
Akinbiyi said, “Our men who were at the scene of the accident said that all the 18 passengers in the bus and the driver died on the spot, while the cement truck which had also given way to the overtaking tanker was also affected by the impact of the crash.”
At the time of filing this report, the TRACE PRO said a combined team of TRACE, Nigerian Police and Federal Road Safety Corps was on the scene and that the petroleum product being conveyed to Ibadan by the tanker was also being trans-loaded into another tanker.
Akinbiyi, however, said he was not sure whether the corpses of the victims would be taken to a morgue in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital or that of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.