Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: 11 adults, 3 children burnt to death in deadly accident on highway

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: 11 adults, 3 children burnt to death in deadly accident on highway

No fewer than 14 passengers — 11 adults and three children — were on Thursday night burnt to death in an accident around the Long Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday, May 7.

1st News gathered that TRACE had earlier stated that an unspecified number of persons were burnt to death in the auto crash.

Giving an update on the incident, Akinbiyi said the accident involved a silver Toyota RAV 4 with registration number LND 13 GS, a silver Toyota Camry marked GGE 369 GJ and a Mazda bus with an unidentified number.

The TRACE spokesman said the accident occurred at 8:20 pm on Thursday night.

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He said that the commercial Mazda bus was allegedly involved in wrongful overtaking; before it hit a faulty Toyota RAV 4 that was parked.

Akinbiyi said that 17 passengers were in the bus when the accident happened; and 14 persons were burnt to death beyond recognition on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“The burnt commercial bus was involved in wrongful overtaking before it hit a stationary vehicle (Toyota RAV 4), parked in the middle of the road due to breakdown, and also hit a Camry car.

“In the process, it lost control, somersaulting severally before it burst into flames,” he said.

Akinbiyi said that two victims who sustained injuries were rescued; and taken to Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre, and one other to the General Hospital, Gbagada for treatment.

He commiserated with the families of the dead victims; warning drivers to desist from speeding; wrongful overtaking; and attitude that exposed other road users to risk and danger.

Meanwhile, several members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed in an encounter with the police in the Orlu area of Imo State.

It was reported that the IPOB members were on their way to attack Orlu Police Station.

They were however ambushed and killed on Thursday, May 7, in a joint counter-attack by the military and police operatives

Security sources also confirmed that several stolen vehicles used by IPOB militants in their operation were also recovered.

This comes about two weeks after a joint operation comprising the Nigeria Police Force; the Nigerian Army; and Department of State Services killed IPOB’s Number 2 man, Commander Ikonso; and six other members of the group.

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