Two persons were confirmed dead and six others injured in a fire accident involving a petroleum tanker at Bible College Bus-stop along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Thursday night.
Ganiyu Akeem, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Assistant Corps Commander in Ota, told the Nigeria News Agency that 17 vehicles were also burnt in the accident that happened around 11.55 p.m. on Thursday night.
He said the incident happened when the lone tanker fell and spilled its inflammable content into the drainage channel.
He said the tanker ignited the fire that burnt many vehicles.
Akeem said 17 vehicles were affected, which included one tanker trailer, 10 articulated vehicles, three cars and three commercial buses.
NAN correspondents who visited the accident scene in the early hours of Friday report that Sango Toll Gate premises of the FRSC was also affected.
Also, Mr Adekunle Ajibade, an official of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), told NAN that the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos from Sango-Ota when it developed a gear fault and overturned in the process.
“The driver was trying to change the gear of the vehicle and lost control.
“The truck overturned and caught fire immediately,’’ Ajibade said.
The FRSC commander said that seven fire-fighting trucks, three from Ogun and four from Lagos, were promptly mobilised to the scene.
“Thank God, we were able to stop the vehicles coming from Lagos at the Toll-gate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in good time.
“We rescued one person and took him to Ota General Hospital.
“We also evacuated two corpses that were burnt beyond recognition and we took them in our ambulance to Ifo General Mortuary.
Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Wale Ojetimi
Accident claims life of shuttle bus driver in Anambra
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, on Friday confirmed the death of a shuttle bus driver at Upper-Iweka in Onitsha.
Kumapayi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka that the driver of the bus died as a result of an accident involving his vehicle, a Prado jeep and two other shuttle buses.
The commander said that the accident which occurred at about 9 a.m. was caused by brake failure.
“A total of four male adults were involved in the crash.
“Two sustained some degree of injuries while one of the shuttle bus drivers was confirmed dead by the doctors at St. John Hospital and Maternity, Onitsha, where they were rushed to by the FRSC rescue team.
“His corpse had been deposited at a morgue while the driver of the Jeep had been handed over to the police for further investigation, “he said.
Kumapayi said it occurred at about 8a.m. on Friday and the Fire Service personnel were contacted immediately to put out the fire.
He said that an FRSC heavy duty tow truck was brought in to tow the vehicle off the bridge after the fire had been successfully extinguished.
According to him, two male adults were involved, but no injury and no death were recorded.
Kumapayi said that clearing of obstruction was ongoing at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic.
He urged motorists to always ensure that they checked and service their vehicles regularly, paying particular attention to the brakes and the electrical systems.
Accident claims 7 lives at Olooru/Bode Sadu, Kwara
The Kwara Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed that seven persons died in an accident which occurred at Lumoh village along the Olooru/Bode Sadu road.
According to Owoade, the accident, which occurred at the early hours of Wednesday, involved two vehicles; a commercial DAF tanker and a private Toyota Corolla car.
He said that seven people were involved in the crash, adding that all of them lost their lives.
“Early this morning we got report that there had been a road traffic crash which occurred at the Bode Sadu/Oloru axis, at a village called Lumoh.
“Our officers at the Olooru unit command were there early, it was a fatal crash involving two vehicles, a DAF Tanker and a Toyota Corolla car, and seven persons were involved.
“Sadly all seven people involved lost their lives. There were four males and three females involved in the crash.
“The cause of the crash was as a result of speed limit violation and loss of concentration by the drivers.
“The corpses have been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital mortuary.
“I would once again plead with our road users to be safety conscious. FRSC officers have blood in their veins, it is sad for us to see humans like us lose their lives on the roads owing to crashes.
“We want to plead with travellers to caution any reckless driving or call our toll free number to report such drivers.
“Those who ply the Bode Sadu/Olooru/Jebba axis need to take extra caution, this is not a smooth road, and it is a winding road.
“Avoid over speeding, and be patient while driving. There is no perfection in driving; we all need to be careful so that lives are not lost on the roads,’’ the sector commander said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Accident: Consider other road users, FRSC tells drivers, vehicle owners
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), RS2 Command, Lagos, has called on vehicle owners and drivers to ensure regular vehicle maintenance and have consideration for other road users.
Mr Samuel Obayemi, Zonal Commander in-charge of Lagos and Ogun states, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He was reacting to an accident, which claimed one life and injured some on Thursday on the Otedola Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He said that the accident involving a petrol tanker and two other vehicles was avoidable, noting that it was caused by brake failure on the part of the tanker.
“FRSC has always advised vehicle owners and drivers to ensure regular vehicle maintenance and have consideration for other road users,” Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said.
NAN reports that the accident, which occurred at 8.20a.m. on Thursday, involved a white Toyota Hiace, marked KJA 581 XG, a blue Mack trailer marked KRD 259 XR and a blue Volkswagen Golf marked AAA 722 FU.
Seven male adults, two male children and four female adults were involved in the accidents, with a female adult losing her life while three male adults, two male children and two female adults got injured.
A similar accident occurred on May 10 when a tanker laden with petrol lost control and hit the road median, killing a woman.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Accident in S. Africa leaves seven dead
Seven people have been killed in a vehicle crash in Durban on Tuesday morning, according to paramedics.
One person who sustained very serious injuries was admitted to a nearby hospital.
Garrith Jamieson of Rescue Care paramedics told Xinhua that when paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident, which is on the M19 Umgeni interchange, they found eight people trapped inside the wreckage.
“It’s not clear where they were travelling to,” said Jamieson.
He said at this stage, the cause of the accident remains unclear. Police are investigating the matter.
Last month, the transport minister noted a huge reduction in road accidents since nationwide lockdown measures were imposed at the end of March.