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Six escape death in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash

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No fewer than six yet-to-be-identified passengers escaped death in a multiple auto crash that happened on Wednesday, opposite the OPIC Estate community, at the Isheri Olofin area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident involved four vehicles, an unregistered diesel truck; a Yutong luxury bus with registration number, KPP 921 ZW; a Ford bus with registration number, EPE 365 YD, and another Ford bus with registration number, KGW 13 XA.

According to a police source, who was privy to the crash, but pleaded anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the media, the accident was caused by the diesel truck driver, whose vehicle lost control on motion, swerved and collided with three vehicles in a traffic jam on the road.

It was said that everyone in the vehicles escaped death but two passengers were seriously injured and were rushed by Good Samaritans and operatives of the police to the Lagos State Emergency Clinic at the Old Tollgate, Ojota, in Lagos, where they are receiving medical treatment.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incident and said no life was lost in the crash. She said the police officers in that area helped in rescuing the two injured victims, who are currently responding to treatment.

“On May 22, 24, at about 23:00hrs, a multiple serious motor accident occurred at a point opposite the OPIC Estate community, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Isheri Olofin, outward Lagos. It involved one unregistered man diesel truck with the driver’s name and address yet unknown; a Yutong luxury bus with the registration number, KPP 921 ZW, driven by a yet unknown driver; a Ford bus with registration number, EPE 365 YD, driven by a yet unknown driver, and a Ford bus with registration number, KGW 13 XA, driven by a yet unknown driver.

“The accident occurred when the male diesel truck driver suddenly lost control and rammed into the luxury bus and other vehicles held in traffic. As a result of the accident, two passengers sustained serious injuries. Their names and addresses are not yet known. On receipt of the report, MOTOPOL and anticrime swiftly mobilised to the scene and rushed the injured victims with the assistance of Good Samaritans to the Lagos State Emergency Clinic, Old Tollgate, Ojota, Lagos State for medical treatment. A rough sketch and photographs were also taken by them.

“Efforts were made to remove the vehicles, which blocked the expressway and caused the traffic gridlock along the corridor on 23/05/24 to pave way for free flow of traffic, VIO’s inspection and further action. The victims are responding to treatment and the case is under investigation,” Odutola concluded.

PUNCH Metro had reported that a corps member identified as Esla Adams died in an auto crash six days before his wedding introduction billed to be held on May 26, 2024.

Adams was confirmed dead on Monday after he was involved in an accident that happened on the Akwanga-Lafia Road, Nasarawa State.

The death of the University of Jos alumnus was also confirmed by his family, who released a statement stating that he would be buried on Friday (today).

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