At least four people were confirmed dead and nine others with varying degree of injuries in the multiple accidents which occurred on Saturday, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Two persons, a man and a woman suspected to be a couple, were killed in the first accident which occurred at Kaara Bridge, at the end of the expressway. While another man and a 10-year old girl also lost their lives in the second accident which occurred in the Mowe-Ibafo axis of the expressway.
LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the Kara market accident involved a petroleum laden tanker with registration number: (LAGOS) APP 49 XS, which rammed into three cars: a BMW with registration number (LAGOS) EPE 864 CN, a Toyota Carina with registration number (LAGOS) GGE 883 AT and a Mitsubishi light truck, marked (LAGOS) KRD 935 XD.
Public relations officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement agency (TRACE) Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident, explained that the crash occurred around 6: 25am when the petroleum lade tanker attempted to avoid a head on collision with another truck that drove against the traffic before it ran into three other vehicles in front of him.
The suspected couple were said to be in the BMW which was torn into shred after the tanker rammed into it. The deceased and the other six people who were injured in the auto -crash were however, evacuated by the combined efforts of TRACE and LASEMA officials and taken to the Lagos accident and emergency clinic by the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Akinbiyi explained that the second accident which occurred at Olowotedo village, very close to the NASFAT prayer ground along the expressway, happened around 1p.m in the afternoon and it involved a Volkswagon with registration number: (LAGOS) AKD 885 XB and an Iveco truck marked (LAGOS) MUS 849 XN.
According to him, the head of the plywood laden Iveco truck detached from the tray while the vehicle was still in motion and rammed into a passenger bus and pedestrians by the road side. Both the dead and the injured victims in the accident, including the driver of the truck, were taken to a private hospital in Sagamu area of the state.