A hasty commercial bus driver has dispatched 10 people to early graves in a road accident at the Alapako/Ogunmakin end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. It was learnt that the bus driver, who had 11 passengers, collided with a cement-laden Dangote truck around 9pm on Tuesday. Our correspondent gathered that the two vehicles were heading in opposite directions. A diversion was said to have been created at that end of the expressway due to an ongoing repair work by a construction company. The diversion had forced all vehicles travelling to and from the expressway to one side of the road.
The driver was reported to have left his lane in a bid to overtake other vehicles, and rammed into the speeding truck. Eleven vehicle passengers were said to have been trapped in the mangled bus, as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps struggled to rescue them. However, only one of the vehicle occupants survived with injuries and was rushed to a hospital for treatment, while seven men and three women died on the spot. The drivers of the bus and the truck did not die.
The FRSC Route Commander, Florence Okpe, who spoke for the Sector Commander, Clement Ogundele, called on the deceased’s families to come forward for their corpses which had been deposited in FOS mortuary, Ipara. He noted that the agency’s rescue team recovered N151,340, with 10 mobile phones and goods from the scene of the incident.