Eighteen persons are feared dead in an accident involving a Ford Explorer jeep and a Mazda bus at Alakpo area on Lagos / Ibadan Expressway on Sunday.
The incident was confirmed by Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) in Abeokuta.
He said that the incident happened around 6.30 pm at the diversion end in Alapako on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
According to Akinbiyi the accident was caused by a wrongful overtaking of the Mazda bus which led to a collision with the jeep.
He said “The accident involved 19 people, 18 people died while one person was seriously injured.
“The Commercial Bus with registration number GGE 873 XU was trying to overtake a vehicle in front before colliding with the Ford Explorer Jeep with registration number KJA 278 DS coming from the opposite direction.
“All the 18 passengers in the bus died while the driver in the Jeep, the only occupant, sustained injury.
“Seven of the dead passengers were evacuated by our officers and their remains deposited at FOS Mortuary, Ipara-Remo, while the remains of another three, who were initially injured but died later, were deposited at Isara General Hospital.”
He further revealed that the body of eight persons were carried away by the officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and could not confirm where they were taken to.