Monday, 8 February 2016

No fewer than 30 male passengers died in the
Adeosun area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on
Sunday after a trailer conveying them tumbled
down the road.
Over 50 other people sustained varying degrees of
injuries in the crash, while two rams were killed.
The accident occurred on the portion of the
expressway which had been recently
reconstructed.
Our correspondents counted 25 corpses at the
scene of the accident. Eyewitnesses said about
five corpses had been taken to a mortuary.
Other victims of the accident, which occurred
around 7am, were not removed until past 9am.
A victim, who lost two relatives, covered the faces
of the deceased with clothes and broke down in
tears.
Shouting the name of Allah as he wailed, the victim
identified simply as Mohammed, refused all
entreaties as he knelt down between the two
corpses and wept bitterly.
One of the survivors of the accident, who gave his
name as Mohammed Seripino, said the trailer was
coming from Kaduna and had travelled all night.
He said each passenger paid N1,000 as transport
fare, adding that the journey from Kaduna was
smooth before the accident occurred.
“We are all Hausa. We were coming from Kaduna.
Each passenger paid N1,000. This (accident) is not
good,” he said.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Yinka Dada,
said he was seeing off his son, who was on his
way to Lagos, when the accident occurred.
He said, “I saw everything. I was by the roadside
when the accident occurred. I was with my son
who was going to Lagos when I saw two vehicles
speeding as if they were competing in a race.
“The other vehicle was able to control the wheel,
while the driver of the trailer lost control, tumbled
down the expressway, and spilled out the
passengers one after another.”
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps at the
Ibadan Tollgate Unit, who came for rescue
operation, refused to talk to our correspondents.
“We cannot talk to you now. I am not the boss
here. I have bosses who can talk to you later if
you come to our unit at the tollgate. You can see
we are busy now,” an official told one of our
correspondents.
A police patrol van with two officials also visited
the scene.
One of the policemen in the van told those with
minor injuries to help those with critical injuries
into the police van.
However, some sympathisers said the responses
of both the police and the officials of the FRSC
were poor, and began to rain curses on Nigeria’s
political class.
An Electrical Engineering student of the Abdul
Gusau Polytechnic, Zamfara, who did not disclose
his name, said government should be blamed for
the poor response to the plight of the victims.
The student said, “Our leaders have embezzled all
the money that should be used to put infrastructure
in place. This is why people are dying like rats.”
A middle-aged man, Onyekachi Otuonye, lamented
rescuers’ response time to the accident.
Otuonye said, “This is deplorable. Even slaves
should not be treated like this. Human lives should
be treated with respect and dignity.”
A man in a cleric robe, who attributed the accident
to witches and wizards, was shouted down by
some sympathisers.
When the man brought out a book of his
predictions on the accident that would occur on the
road in 2016, sympathisers warned him to stop,
saying there were no witches on the road.
One of the sympathisers, Biliaminu Awodele, who
confronted the cleric, said, “Accidents happen all
over the world, nobody dey blame witches and
wizards, abeg, carry your yeye prediction commot
here!”
However, the FRSC said 17 people died in the
accident, while 79 others were injured.
The Oyo State Sector Commander, FRSC, Yusuf
Salami, said the accident involved an articulated
vehicle and a Peugeot J5 vehicle.
He explained that both vehicles were travelling to
Lagos, adding that the accident was caused by
impatience, speeding and struggle for right of way.
He said, “A Peugeot J5 with number plate, XS 626
LSV, and a DAF articulated vehicle with number
plate, AA 902 MML, had an accident as both
drivers were struggling for the right of the way.
They were both going to Lagos when the accident
happened around 9.30am on Sunday. It happened
just before the campus of the Dominion University
in Sepo, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“There were 96 people involved, with 17 confirmed
dead. It is obvious that both drivers were speeding
and suddenly lost control of the vehicles. The
Peugeot bus was loaded with passengers and
goods, but the casualty figure rose because the
other vehicle was travelling to Lagos with huge
number of illegal passengers.”

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Kindly drop your Comment....

ution'