Scores of people have been confirmed dead as the commercial bus they were traveling in caught fire in an accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The accident occurred around 10:20 pm on Thursday at the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Exxpressway, Obafemi/Owode Local Government area of Ogun State.
The Spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi confirmed the accident in a statement on Friday.
Akinbiyi said that many occupants of the bus were burnt beyond recognition, saying three of them sustained burn injuries.
He said TRACE operatives and other security agencies on the ground rescued two victims to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre and one other to the General Hospital at Gbagada.
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He said, “Preliminary investigation showed that the burnt commercial bus was involved in wrongful overtaking before it hit a broken down stationary vehicle (Toyota Rave 4) in the middle of the road.
“In the process, it lost control and summersaulted several times before it burst into flames.
“As of the time of filing this report, it can’t be ascertained if the Mazda bus was fully loaded, but the carcass of burnt bodies beyond recognition was noticed at the accident scene.
“Two of the three persons who sustained injuries were taken to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre while one was taken to the General Hospital, Gbagada for treatment, by the combined efforts of TRACE, FRSC, and the police.