Naijauto observes that the spate of increased road crashes in Nigeria is not abating even as daily records have shown. Over speeding according to the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) is usually the cause of these accidents.
Another incident has been brought to the attention of Naijauto in two different locations, claiming the lives of 18 people, while some other 40 individuals have sustained injuries in the process.
In one of the incidents that occurred in Niger state, along the Bida-Mokwa road, 15 people have been confirmed dead with 40 others nursing injuries of various degrees.
Yet, another accident occurred at the mile12 end of the Lagos-Ibadan road, in the Ogere, Remo-North Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Monday, killing another 3 people, bringing the combined deaths in these 2 locations to 18 people.
The accident scene
According to reports, the accident at the Ogun state location happened at about 5:45 am on Monday morning, involving a tipper truck which had collided with another cement truck belonging to Dangote. The Dangote cement truck was in motion when the tipper truck carrying granite ran into it, resulting in the death of 3 people.
In a statement from Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, he confirmed the accident.
He stated that the tipper lorry with number plate MUS 589 XX and a Dangote truck with number plate NSR 89 YQ were involved in the accident. He further cited over speeding as the cause of the accident, saying that the tipper truck had been in the wrong.
Mr. Akinbiyi stated that the tipper lorry had rammed the Dangote truck from behind, killing the 3 occupants of the tipper truck in the process.
Akinbiyi had said: “There was a fatal accident after the Mile 12 Market, inbound Lagos. Traffic inbound Lagos was affected as the two articulated vehicles involved in the accident occupied the slow lane.
“The granite-laden tipper lorry was inbound Lagos and was on top speed from a quarry at Isara before it lost control and rammed into the Dangote truck from the rear.
The three persons, who lost their lives, were in the tipper lorry, while the number of occupants in the Dangote truck was unknown.
The victims were trapped in the ill-fated vehicles and were later removed by the rescue team of the Federal Road Safety Corps and TRACE, among others.
The impact of the accident prompted the rescue team to divert inbound Lagos traffic to the other lane,”
Mr. Akinbiyi added that the remains of the dead had been removed to a private morgue in Ipara, Remo-North Local Government Area of the state.
In the other Niger state incident, it was reported that a truck filled with tomatoes and pepper which was transporting the produce to the southern part of Nigeria was involved in the accident. The said truck also had some passengers seated on top of the produce in what was said to be makeshift seats in the bucket of the truck.
The truck in question was trying to negotiate a bend at the Gbadafu area close to Bida when he lost control of the truck, throwing away both the goods and the passengers in the process. This has caused injuries to some passengers, while as many as 15 other passengers have been reported dead.
Loaded trucks with people sitting and standing at the back of the truck is very dangerous!
The rescue mission was carried out by good Samaritans who had taken both the injured and the dead to the Federal Medical Centre, Bida. Unfortunately, it was learnt that the morgue was full to the brim while the emergency ward could not also receive all the patients as it was also filled up with patients.
Nonetheless, treatment was administered to the injured on the floor of the hospital with beds from the store laid for them on the ground.
According to Dr. Adedeji Adekanye, Head of Clinical Services, FMC, Bida, who stated that the number of dead bodies brought to the hospital was 10 but that 3 other injured victims had also died while receiving treatments, as their injuries were severe.
The main challenge in Dr. Adekanye's opinion is bed space, as they had limited bed space at the FMC to adequately accommodate the injured victims, with most of the victims attended to on the bare floor.
“We are coping I don’t think we require any assistance from outside; our major problem is inadequate bed spaces,”
Dr. Adekanye had said.
Those with minor injuries were said to have been treated and discharged to make room for those with severe injuries.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was not reachable as their numbers were said to have been switched off. However, men of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency were sent to assess the situation by Ibrahim Inga, the Director General of the Agency.
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