Seventeen persons died with 14 of them burnt beyond recognition when a tanker exploded on Friday morning in the ever-busy Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
Around 5.00 a.m., a crash occurred near the Isara bridge stretch of the highway, involving two vehicles with registration numbers ZT728 KLD (Mazda bus) and an unidentified tanker.
According to reports, the vehicles collided head-on due to reckless driving, resulting in an explosion that engulfed passengers on the Mazda bus.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State sector Command, confirmed the multiple crash and said the Isara Police Division and FOS morgue had been notified ahead of the planned evacuation of the deceased.
The cause of the accident, according to Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe, who is also the FRSC Public Education Officer for Sector Commander, Ogun Sector Command, Umar Ahmed, was route violation and dangerous driving, which resulted in a head-on collision and fire outbreak.
“The exact number of people involved is unknown, but 17 bodies (killed) have been discovered.” Only one male, one female, and one female child were identified, while others were burned beyond recognition with no injuries.
” Two vehicles were involved, one a Mazda Bus with the registration number ZT728 KLD and the other an unknown vehicle of unknown make” (Tanker).
“Route violations and dangerous driving are suspected causes of the fatal crash, which resulted in a head-on collision and fire out break.”
“The vehicles are obstructing the service lane in part.” The Nigerian Police Force in Isara and the FOS Morgue in Isara have been notified. On the ground, FRSC personnel from Ogere are in charge of the situation.
“The crash, according to Sector Commander FRSC Ogun, could have been avoided if precautions had been taken and traffic rules and regulations had been followed.
He expressed his condolences to the crash victims’ families and advised them to contact FRSC Ogere for more information about the incident,” she said.