Ogun: Multiple crashes leave seven injured, vehicles damaged

No fewer than seven individuals narrowly escaped death following a multiple-vehicle collision in the Kere area of Ewekoro Local Government Area, Ogun State, on Sunday.

The Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi, disclosed that the Ogun State accident occurred when two vehicles driving against traffic collided with a truck. The vehicles involved were identified as:

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  • A yellow Howo truck with number plate LAR 826 XB.
  • A silver Sequoia jeep with number plate KSF 760 HZ.
  • A black Honda Accord with number plate AKR 568 TE.

According to Akinbiyi, the victims escaped unhurt, although their vehicles sustained significant damages, including broken windshields, damaged bumpers, and broken headlights.

Akinbiyi stated, “There was a multiple crash at Kere via Obada, Ewekoro Local Government, inward Abeokuta on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. According to eyewitnesses, both the Sequoia jeep and the Honda car were driving against traffic, leading to a head-on collision with the Howo truck.

Another similar incident occurred the same day in Lagos. A lone driver was rescued by operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) after an accident in the Adeniji Adele area.

The LASTMA Director of Public Affairs, Adebayo Taofiq, reported that the driver was immediately taken to the General Hospital by LASAMBUS officials, with assistance from LASTMA personnel.

Taofiq explained, “Initial investigations revealed that the driver of a white Suzuki ‘Korope’ (LSR 116 YD) lost control while using a mobile phone, causing the vehicle to collide with a culvert beside the 3rd Mainland Expressway. The driver sustained a serious back fracture and an injury to his left hand.”

The damaged Suzuki was promptly removed from the expressway to ensure smooth traffic flow towards Iyana-Oworo on the Third Mainland Bridge.

Reacting to the incident, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, expressed sympathies to the injured driver and emphasized the importance of road safety. Taofiq relayed Giwa’s advice: “He urged all motorists, including commercial bus drivers, to avoid using phones while driving and to refrain from speeding within or outside Lagos.”

These incidents highlight the need for strict adherence to traffic regulations and the dangers of driving against traffic and using mobile phones while driving. Authorities continue to advocate for safer driving practices to prevent such accidents.