Melancholy report reaching us has it that scores of students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago – Iwoye who were travelling to Lagos state for the weekend were on Friday, June 26, 2015 crush to death when a container fell on a passenger bus conveying them. The incident also left a number of students seriously injured.
Our reporter gathered that the unlatched 20-feet container from a moving truck came off when the driver was driving àgainst traffic and in a bid to avoid an obstruction at the Sagamu stretch of the Lagos/Benin expressway, the load tipped and dropped lethally atop of the bus’ roof.
The weighty container press – pinned the bus to the ground in the accident, which occurred few meters away from the gate of a plastic manufacturing company situating near the Ilisha Remo junction.
The vehicles were a truck marked (LAGOS) BDG 779 XE and a Toyota Haiace passenger bus bearing (Lagos) XV 311 MUS.
It was learnt that the OOU students were travelling to Lagos state for the weekend when they met their untimely death.
The Ijebu – Ode Commander of the Ogun state Traffic Management and Compliance Agency (TRACE), Tommy Hamzat told reporters that the driver of the container laden drove against the traffic.
Hamzat added that the wrong driving made it difficult for the passenger bus driver to notice the approaching truck and eventually collided with it.
He explained that the container from the truck fell on the bus which caused the death of the passengers.
He said: “I was coming from Sagamu and saw the accident, I have to hurriedly parked my car, ran there to see if the passengers could be rescued but unfortunately all the occupants were dead including the driver.
“The bus is facing Lagos, though; I don’t know where it was coming from. The container truck with no load in it was coming from Sagamu side but was driving against the traffic and that resulted in the collision, which eventually claimed the lives of the innocent people.”
Also, the TRACE Commander in Sagamu, Kehinde Arode, who confirmed death of 12 people, said one person was badly injured.
Arode however, said that the injured person has been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, while the remains of the dead have also been deposited at the same hospital.
May their soul rest in peace.
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