No fewer than 14 persons have been confirmed dead and 30 others badly injured in two separate auto crashes at the Ogunmakin stretch of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.
The first accident occurred on Wednesday night, when two trucks collided with each other.
The crash involved a trailer, with registration number XE 444 KTU and another trailer conveying cows and 27 persons sitting atop the vehicle.
The FRSC deputy route commander and acting zonal Public Education Officer, Ndidi Frederick-Imo, said 20 persons were injured and rescued alive, while 10 others were confirmed dead at the Ifeoluwa hospital in Ogunmakin.
Another mishap, which occurred at the same axis of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway yesterday morning, left four persons dead and 10 others injured.
The accident occurred when a diesel tanker from Lagos, which was loaded with PMS and marked MKA 338 ZB, and a luxury bus with registration number AAA 656 XN, coming from Abuja collided.
50 people were rescued from the scene by FRSC operatives and policemen. The four dead victims were evacuated to Fakoya mortuary in Sagamu.
FRSC official said due to the dangers associated with night travel, the commission’s Assistant Corps Marshal (Zone 2) Lagos, Nseobong Akpabio, has warned Nigerians to desist from embarking on such journeys by road.
She said: “We all know that night travelling is extremely dangerous and should not be encouraged by families and companies because night driving is fraught with more dangers than daytime driving due to poor visibility, drivers’ fatigue, and other associated human errors.
“The Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio enjoins the motoring public to be more careful on the road as the latest crash was due to loss of control and over speeding. Drivers should ensure that their vehicles are in good working condition including brake lights, reverse lights, turn signals and any functioning lights,” she told newsmen.