Dangote truck sets ablaze, 7 killed, 10 injured in Otta crash


Tragedy struck at the weekend when Dangote truck rammed on buses at the notorious old toll gate axis of Lagos Abeokuta Express road, killing seven people and leaving 10 people injured.

The crash was attributed to break failure and over speeding of the truck.

According to a statement issued by the Federal Road Safety Corps Public Education Officer, Ogun State Command, Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe; the multiple fatal crashes, which involved a Dangote truck conveying cements; a space wagon and a volkswagen yellow coloured passengers bus occurred at about 1135 hrs.

Dissatisfied by the development, irate mob protesting the incident thereafter set ablaze the Dangote truck suspected to have caused the fatal crash.

“The crash involved a total of l  17  people made up of (6 Male Adults , 2Male Children 8Female Adults , and 1Female  Child) ,The Vehicles involved were  03; (a) Dangote Truck Ash  coloured with no registration number  (b) V\W Bus Yellow with registration number LSR128XP (c) Sienna White  with registration number APP122CD.

“The suspected causes of the crash were speeding and mechanical deficiency suspected to be brake failure. The total number of people killed  were  07  made up of 02Male dults , 03Female Adults, 01Male Child and  01Female  Child , The number injured were : 10 (4Male Aduklts and  6Female Adults) The Injured victims were rescued  to Ota General Hospital, while the  corpses of the dead  victims were deposited at the  IFO General Hospital Morgue in Ogun State.

Meanwhile, the FRSC Sector Commander, Ogun State Command Clement Oladele has tagged the scene of the crash as a black spot, notorious for frequent crashes which has claimed over 40 lives in the last five years.

Oladele called on motorists, especially articulated vehicles to drive cautiously whenever using that section of the corridor.

The Sector Commander also advised passersby to desist from turning into mobs and resorting to self-help by wilfully destroying public properties or accidented vehicles, irrespective of the level of provocations, saying there are standard ways of reporting and handling grievances to appropriate law enforcement agencies.

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