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No fewer than eight persons, including six males and two females have died, while nine others sustained varying degrees of injury in an early morning accident that occurred on Saturday at Olorunpodo Junction, near Ogbere, Ogun State, along Lagos-Sagamu-Benin Expressway.
The auto crash, which involved a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number ETU 409 XA and a Volvo truck, with number plate KRD 908 XN, according to the spokesperson of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, was caused by reckless driving on the part of the truck driver.
According to him, the truck driver, heading to Benin was driving against the traffic when it collided with the commercial bus heading towards Ijebu Ode.
Akinbiyi stated that the injured, including the driver of the bus, who later died at the hospital, were rescued and taken to a private hospital at J4 Area of Ogbere, while the remains of the dead victims, have been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Ijebu Ode.
He stated further that the wreckage of the commercial bus and the Volvo truck, had been evacuated and towed to the Ogbere police station.
Meanwhile, the Corps Commander of the Ogun State Traffic Management outfit, Seni Ogunyemi, has warned drivers of articulated vehicles to desist from driving in a direction prohibited by traffic law, noting that â€œthey should always give consideration to other road users, most especially, during the â€˜emberâ€™ months with their attendant increase in human and vehicular movement.â€