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20 feared dead in Plateau, Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident

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Twenty people lost their lives on Saturday in both Ogun and Plateau States during road crashes.

In Ogun, 10 people died in a pre-dawn auto crash that occurred at the Oniworo stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident, which happened around 4.30 am, also left two persons with varying degrees of injuries, while seven others came out of the wreckage unscathed.

It was learned that 19 persons were involved in the crash, 13 of them male adults.

Witnesses said the driver of a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number KLD539XA lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the rear of an unmarked Mack container truck parked by the roadside.

The Superintendent Route Commander of the Ogun State Sector Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Florence Okpe attributed the accident to road obstruction on the part of the truck and excessive speed by the driver of the Toyota bus, which led to the loss of control and ramming into the truck at the rear.

She added that the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere for medical attention while the remains of the dead were deposited at the Ipara morgue.

Okpe quoted the Sector Commander as being pained that motorists were in the habit of flouting simple traffic rules which are meant to save the lives of people.

According to her, the Sector Commander urged motorists to take cognisance of poor visibility due to harmattan haze and put on the headlamp when the weather is hazy, even as he cautioned the truck drivers for non-display of caution signs whenever there was a breakdown on the road.

Similarly, 10 supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) feared dead and scores injured in auto crash in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The PDP governorship campaign flag-off in the Central Senatorial Zone of the state was nearly marred on Saturday when a truck conveying party supporters from Pankshin after the rally, crashed.

The incident happened at about 4:30 pm close to Panyam Bridge, with no fewer than 10 persons feared dead, while several other persons sustained various degrees of injuries.

Last Tuesday, about 15 PDP members in the state narrowly escaped death on their way to the governorship flag-off campaign of its candidate, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang. The bus in which they were traveling had an accident.

Those injured are currently receiving treatment in various hospitals in the state.


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