Christmas tragedy: 14 dead, 25 injured in road accidents in Ogun and Anambra

As many as 14 travelers were killed while 25 were injured to varying degrees in three crashes in Ogun and Anambra states.

Six other people were killed in an accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

While seven people died in the accident at the Ososa Bridge in the Odogboolu local government area in Ogun state, one person died in the accident which occurred on Friday in the Umoukpu section to the interior of Enugu of the Awka-Enugu highway.

The Ogun accident which occurred at around 12:20 a.m. on Saturday involved a luxury Mercedes Benz Marco Polo bus without a registration number.

The head of public education of the Federal Road Safety Corps of the State Sector Command, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident.

Okpe said the luxury bus owned by Izuchukwu Motors, Onitsha, took off from Ojuelegba, Lagos on Saturday evening.

She said: A total of 63 people were involved, including 40 adult men, 15 adult women, five male children and three female children.

“Seven people suffered injuries; three adult men and four adult women. A total of seven people were recorded dead from the accident (three adult men and four adult women.

“Forty-nine people have been registered as unharmed (34 adult males, seven adult females, five male children and three female children.”

The FRSC spokesperson attributed the causes of the single accident to an alleged overtaking and loss of control.

She added that the injured victims received first aid while the bodies of the deceased were deposited in the morgue of the Ijebu Ode public hospital.

She said: “The Nigerian Odoogbolu Police Force has been contacted and the crashed vehicle has been handed over to the police and the obstruction has been cleared from the road.

“Sector Commander FRSC, Sector Ogun Command, is warning motorists against dangerous driving, especially this period of high vehicle traffic and nighttime travel when visibility is poor. ”

He advised motorists to drive defensively, maintain a safe speed, avoid night travel, and obey traffic rules and regulations.

“The sector commander sympathized with the families of the crash victims and directed them to contact the FRSC, Ijebu-Ode Unit Command, for more information on the crash.

In Anambra, the only accident involved an unidentified driver of a blue Volkswagen Passat wagon with the BEN 658 TP registration.

According to an eyewitness, the crash happened around 4 a.m. with fatigue being attributed as the probable cause of the crash.

At the time of the accident, twelve people were in the vehicle, including two adult men, one adult woman, four male children and five female children.

At the time of completing this report, the injured victims were transported to Princeton Hospital, Awka, by the Federal Road Safety Corps Rescue Team, where an adult male was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and his corpse deposited in the morgue.

“Due to fatigue, the driver of the vehicle fell asleep while driving and crashed,” added the eyewitness.

However, the FRSC ground rescue team managed the traffic and ensured that the obstruction caused by the accident was cleared.

The Anambra State Corps Sector Commander, Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi, sympathized with the family of the deceased victim and wished the injured victims a speedy recovery.

He urged motorists to always respect statutory rest periods when traveling in order to avoid fatigue, adding that “traffic rules and regulations must always be observed.”

During the road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan highway, the sector commander, Mr. Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to the Nigeria News Agency in Ota, in the Ogun State.

He said 12 other people sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crash.

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