Toddler, five others die in Lagos, Ogun car crashes

• Three teenagers die in Delta auto crash

Three persons, including a toddler, died yesterday afternoon when a commercial bus conveying them somersaulted many times on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.Seven other passengers, comprising two males and five females, were also injured in the auto crash.

According to a witness, a Mazda bus, marked FUF 109 ZD, somersaulted at the Youth Camp corridor of the RCCG inbound Lagos at about 2:05p.m. on the expressway following a burst tyre in motion.

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the crash. He said the injured were rescued and rushed to Idera Hospital, Tollgate, Sagamu, while the deceased were taken to Fakoya, a private morgue facility in Sagamu, Ogun State.

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According to an eyewitness account, it was learnt that the commercial bus was coming from Kwara State when it had a burst tyre due to ‘over-speeding’ with a female toddler losing her life immediately, while a six-year-old girl and a woman died later at Idera Hospital, Sagamu,” Akinbiyi said.

While TRACE Corps commiserates with the family of the deceased, the traffic agency boss appealed to motorists to desist from over-inflating and under-inflating their tyres. He also warned against excessive speed, especially at diversion and construction zones because of its attendant consequences.

Also yesterday, three persons were confirmed dead while others sustained injuries in an auto crash on the Iyana Dopemu Road, Lagos, at about 7:00a.m. Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Olumide Filade, confirmed the incident yesterday.

LASTMA said the mishap occurred when a utility vehicle rammed into a moving trailer on the fast lane shortly before Cement Bus Stop inward Iyana Dopemu with three casualties.

Meanwhile, three teenagers, Unuayefe Wenena, Miracle Alex and Sofia Agido, have reportedly died in a midnight crash on Sunday on the Amukpe-Igbeku Road in Sapele, Delta State. The victims were aged 18, 14 and 18 years respectively.

It was gathered the car, a Toyota Corolla, which had the deceased persons onboard, rammed into a stationary cement truck, killing its occupants instantly.Sources said they were returning from a nightclub when they ran into the truck. The spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command confirmed the crash yesterday.

DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya said: “It was a Corolla that ran into a parked truck and three persons died at about 11:00p.m. on Sunday. The bodies have since been deposited at a morgue.

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