No fewer than nine persons were killed in a fatal accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The crash, which occurred about 8:40 am few metres after the Sagamu Interchange, along the highway, left one person seriously injured.
The incident involved a Mack truck with registration number MUS 740 XN and a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to Iyare Motors, which was marked BEN 313 YX.
Our correspondent learnt that the accident was caused by excessive speeding and dangerous overtaking on the part of the bus driver.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) confirmed the incident in separate statements.
The FRSC Public Education Officer in the state, Florence Okpe, who spoke on behalf of the Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, disclosed that the bus was travelling from Lagos to Benin City in Edo State before the accident happened.
According to the official, the ill-fated bus rammed into the truck travelling ahead leading to the unfortunate loss of lives.
But speaking on the incident, the TRACE spokesman, Babatunde Akinbiyi, stated that the bus was chattered to Benin City by the passengers, who arrived Nigeria from Spain early Tuesday morning.
Akinbiyi said the victims were already on way to their destination for an engagement when the crash happened.
He said, “The bus was over-speeding and when it dawned on the driver that he couldn’t control the vehicle again, in an attempt to overtake the truck in the front, he rammed into it from behind and this resulted into the casualties, including the driver who was cut beyond recognition.”
Akinbiyi explained that while eight persons died on the spot, one was later confirmed dead at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
Our correspondent gathered that the remains of the victims have already been deposited at the morgue of OOUTH while the injured was also taken to the same hospital for treatment.
The truck was also towed away to the FRSC yard at the Sagamu Interchange while the wreckage of the passenger bus had been taken to the Police Area Command, Sagamu.
Meanwhile, the FRSC Sector Commander has stressed the need for caution by drivers and other road users.
Oladele said drivers should always travel at the recommended speed limit, noting that life has no duplicate and passengers should not abdicate their responsibility of cautioning their drivers whenever driving recklessly.