No fewer than seven travelers were killed while seven others were injured to varying degrees in an isolated accident on the Ososa Bridge in the Odogboolu local government area in Ogun state.
The accident, which happened at around 12:20 a.m. on Saturday, Christmas Day, involved a luxury Mercedes Benz MarcoPolo bus without a registration number.
State Sector Command Federal Road Safety Corps public education officer Florence Okpe confirmed the incident.
Okpe said the 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 were injured, 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.
“49 people have been recorded 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 suspicion of unjustified overtaking and loss of control.
She added that the injured victims were treated while the bodies of the deceased were deposited in the morgue of the Ijebu Ode public hospital.
She said: “Nigerian MTD Police of Odogbolu have been contacted and the crashed vehicle has been handed over to the police and the obstruction has been cleared from the road.
“FRSC Sector Commander Ogun Sector Command is warning motorists against dangerous driving, especially this period of heavy vehicle traffic and night 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 engaged with the families of the accident victims and instructed them to contact the command of the FRSC Ijebu-Ode unit for more information on the accident.
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