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2 die in Lagos-Badagry Expressway auto crash



Two persons on Monday died on the spot, while four others sustained varying degrees of injury in an auto-crash on Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Mr Williams Manga, Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Badagry, told our correspondent, that the accident occurred at about 5.46 a.m., at Ibereko section of the expressway.

“Our personnel were alerted about the accident around 6.12 a.m., and we got to the scene exactly 6.20 a.m.

“The Toyota Camry with dealer registration number 01-6897DLA with seven persons –four male and three female, was coming from a popular hotel when the accident occurred.

“The vehicle somersaulted many times on the old Badagry expressway, to the other side, leaving two dead, while four sustained varying degrees of injury.

“One of them was not affected by the accident at all,” he said.

He said that the likely cause of the accident was excessive speeding.

Manga said that the four injured persons were taken to General Hospital in Badagry for treatment, while the corpse of the two others were deposited at the mortuary of the hospital.

The unit commander said that sensitisation programmes were organised for motorists plying Agbara-Badagry expressway on the need to reduce their speed on the highway.

“This is not the first time, this will happen, the command has continuously warmed motorists on menace of excessive speeding, but some will not listen.

“Avoid excessive speeding, adhere to speed limits and conduct routine vehicle checks for prompt detection and replacement of faulty motor parts before leaving your houses.

This is an important way of minimising accidents on our roads,” he said.

Dr Olatunde Bakare, the Medical Director, General Hospital, Badagry, said that victims of the accident were brought in around 7.30 a.m.

“The injured persons are presently receiving treatment at the emergency unit of hospital, while two dead bodies are in the mortuary,” he said.

He urged motorists plying Lagos-Badagry expressway to reduce their speed on the road.

“Accident victims are being brought to the hospital daily,” he said.

Raji Rasak

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