14 passengers burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway auto crash

Not less than 14 passengers, comprising 11 adults and three children, were burnt to death in an accident on Thursday.

The accidents was reported to have happened around 10:20pm on Thursday and involved a Toyota RAV 4 car marked LND 13 GS; Toyota Camry marked, GGE 369 GJ and a nondescript Mazda bus.

It was gathered that the commercial bus, while trying to overtake, ran into the Toyota Rav 4 parked in the middle of the road due to fault, tumbled many times over before it exploded into balls of flames and thick smoke, killing a number of the passengers.

Babatunde Akinbiyi, spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident on Friday. NAN reports that TRACE had earlier stated that an unspecified number of persons were burnt to death in the auto crash.

Akinbiyi said: “In all, 17 passengers were in the bus when the crash happened with three seriously injured and 14 burnt beyond recognition among which are three kids.”

The TRACE image maker said operatives of the traffic agency and other security agencies on ground rescued two to Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre and one other to the General Hospital in Gbagada.

While commiserating with the family of the dead and injured, he warning drivers to “desist from speeding, wrongful overtaking and overbearing cum nonchalant attitude that exposes other road users to risk and danger.”