Eight fatalities were recorded and another 12 persons were left injured following multiple crashes on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.
The Ogun State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Clement Oladele, confirmed this on Thursday.
He confirmed that seven vehicles were involved in the crashes around Danco filling station, citing excessive speeding, reckless driving and loss of control on the part of one of the vehicles as the root cause of the accidents.
“From investigations, it was learnt that the unfortunate fatal crash was caused by speeding, reckless driving and loss of control on the part of one of the vehicles which led to a container falling off from its hook on two buses,” he said.
“Other vehicles rammed into each other in the process, in an attempt to escape from the scene.
“The accident involved 43 persons, 12 persons which included five female and seven male were injured while eight persons which included one female, six male and a child died in the accident.”
According to him, the vehicles involved in the crash were a Toyota bus marked LSR 560 XJ; Mazda bus marked XD 792 EZA; Toyota Sienna marked ABC 512 ZV; Toyota Camry marked APP 196 RQ; Iveco tanker with registration number DED 776 XA; Daf tanker marked APP 248 XT ;and a Daf container with registration number LND 04 XX.
He disclosed that the injured victims were rushed to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu and the Fambis Hospital, Mowe for treatment.
Oladele cautioned drivers to always keep to the speed limit of 50km per hour on the highway.