Five passengers lost their life while several others sustained varying degree of injuries in a ghastly accident on the Ife-Ibadan expressway at Akinlalu junction on Wednesday in Osun State.
The accident, which occurred around 7.00 a.m., involved a truck and three other passenger buses.
Witnesses say the truck hit one of one bus, forcing it to skid and collided with two other buses.
The vehicles involved were a Toyota Previa car with Osun State registration – FDY 53XA; a Futon Truck, Lagos, EPE 852 XQ; and Nissan truck, Lagos, KSF 530 XQ.
Three survivors in the accident were immediately rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife forf treatment.
Mr Alhassan Abu, the Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Ile-IFe, confirmed that five people lost their lives in the accident.
“Those that sustained serious injuries have been carried to OAUTHC receiving medical treatment while the dead were deposited at the hospital mortuary,’’ Abu said.
Mr Aderibigbe Odogiyan, the Head of Operation of FRSC at the scene of the accident, said bad road caused the crash.
“Bad portion of one of the lanes force drivers to often drive against traffic.
“We have warned drivers severally against driving in opposite direction of the expressway, but they won’t listen to advice.
“Besides, they drive recklessly,’’ Odogiyan said.
He, therefore, advised road users to desist from speeding, wrong overtaking, overloading and driving when drunk.
Narrating his ordeal, the driver of the Futon truck, Mr Akeem Olatunji, said he narrowly escaped death.
“In fact, I don’t know how I escaped; I just suddenly noticed that the Toyota Previa bus, coming from Ibadan, suddenly ran into a trailer carried planks.
“All of a sudden, I heard the sound of vehicles colliding. I ran for my life; I didn’t count the number of people, who died,’’ Olatunji said.
A transporter along the Ife-Ibadan expressway, who identified himself Agbara, said that he was going to Lagos when I saw the accident.
“Many people died. The truck was driving against traffic but I don’t know where the other buses faced.
“People need to be careful when approaching that junction. The other side is bad and we have to manage just the good one,’’ Agbara said.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo