A commercial bus, on Tuesday, crushed a teenager (names withheld) around Wazobia axis of Ogere toll gate on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway. Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Spokesperson of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.
Akinbiyi said that the accident, which occurred at about 1:05 pm., was caused by reckless driving on the part of the bus driver who hit a motorcycle from the rear. No fewer than 17 persons were involved in the accident – 14 inside the bus and three on the motorcycle, while two were injured.
Akinbiyi said that the two injured persons were the mother of the deceased teenager and the motorcycle rider. “The accident involved a Mazda bus, with registration number: KRD 656 XH and a BAJAJ motorcycle, with registration number: LAR 111 VR.
“We learnt the commercial bus was coming from Ibadan, inbound Lagos when it ran into the motorcycle from the rear due to reckless driving. “The driver of the bus ran away in the process and the mob that gathered almost set the bus ablaze, but for the timely intervention of the police and TRACE officials.”
Akinbiyi disclosed that the injured victims were rescued and taken to Victory Hospital in Ogere, while the body of the dead victim was deposited at FOS Mortuary, Ipara Remo. He added that the accidented vehicle and motorcycle had been taken to the Motor Traffic Department (MTD) Office in Ogere. Akinbiyi urged motorists to eschew dangerous and reckless driving during this harmattan season because of its attendant consequences.