Dangote truck crushes commuters’ bus, 7 persons dead

A truck belonging to Dangote Plc, conveying bags of cement rammed into a yellow commercial bus at Tollgate, Ota, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ogun State, leaving seven persons dead.

The deceased included five adults and two children while 10 persons sustained injuries in the crash which occurred around 11.30am on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses say a sienna bus with the number plate, APP 122 CD was also involved in the accident.

It was gathered that there was traffic on the expressway at the time and the truck had a brake failure, forcing the driver to run into the bus in the process.

Following the deaths, angry youths took to the expressway and set ablaze the truck. The reason, according to them is that trucks belonging to Dangote Group is notoriously known as the cause for most fatal accidents.

It took the intervention of police and the Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, to pacify the protesters and restored normalcy to the area.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Clement Oladele, said firefighters assisted in putting out the inferno.

He said, “The crash involved a total of 17 people made up of six male adults, two male children, eight female adults, and one female child. The vehicles involved were three, comprising an ash-coloured Dangote truck with no registration number, a yellow Volkswagen bus with registration number, LSR 128 XP and a white Sienna bus with registration number, APP 122 CD.

“The suspected causes were speeding and mechanical deficiency suspected to be brake failure. The total number of people killed was seven, made up of two male adults, three female adults, a male child and a female child. The number of injured persons was 10, comprising four male adults and six female adults.”

Oladele said the injured victims were rescued to the Ota General Hospital, while the corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the Ifo General Hospital Morgue.

The sector commander commiserated with the relations of the victims, adding that where the crash occurred was a black spot notorious for frequent crashes, which had claimed over 40 lives in the last five years.

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