No fewer than six persons were confirmed dead in a Tuesday morning accident involving three vehicles on the Sagamu-Benin expressway.
Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta.
Mr Umar said the accident involved a Mazda bus marked JJJ 862 XV, a Toyota Sienna with registration number KRD 306 BJ, and a Mercedes Benz luxury bus marked AGL 05 XZ.
He added that the accident occurred at 12:01 a.m. and was caused by wrong overtaking, speeding, and loss of control by the luxury bus driver.
According to him, 39 people were involved in the accident, comprising 25 male and 14 female, out of which five men and one woman died.
“The luxury bus hit the incoming Sienna car and the Mazda bus.
“The driver immediately ran away because all the occupants of the Sienna vehicle lost their lives while those in the Mazda bus sustained injuries,” he explained.
The sector commander said the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of General Hospital Ijebu Ode while the four persons injured were being treated in the hospital.
He described the crash as avoidable, advised motorists to guard against speeding, dangerous driving, and obey traffic rules and regulations.
Mr Umar commiserated with the victims’ families and urged them to contact the FRSC command in Ogbere for details of the crash and reclaim property of the victims recovered from the crash scene.