A harrowing accident unfolded at the Magboro junction along the bustling Lagos-Ibadan Expressway this Sunday, leaving 14 individuals injured but thankfully alive.
Details reveal that the calamity involved three vehicles and unfolded at approximately 8:30 AM. The chaotic scene was ignited when a Mazda bus, reportedly traveling at a reckless speed, violently collided with a yellow commercial bus at the junction. The impact caused a chain reaction of chaos, leading to a loss of control for the vehicles involved and culminating in a collision.
Onlookers and residents at the scene shared their accounts with our correspondent, providing insights into the magnitude of the impact. The yellow bus bore the brunt of the force and was left severely damaged as a result of the Mazda bus’ rear-end impact.
Salami Idris, a driver responsible for ferrying passengers between Magboro and the Mowe area of the expressway, narrowly evaded the chaos. He recounted how the Mazda bus, carrying multiple passengers, careened into the yellow bus from behind, sending the latter veering towards a steep slope where motorcyclists usually gathered. Idris expressed his gratitude for their miraculous escape, revealing the driver of the Mazda bus had suffered severe injuries to his hand.
Ahmed, a motorcyclist present at the scene, reported observing officials from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) swiftly attending to the injured victims. His concern echoed the fears of many that the accident might have resulted in fatalities.
However, Florence Okpe, the spokesperson for the Ogun State Sector of the FRSC, provided a more hopeful account. She confirmed that, fortunately, no lives were lost in the incident. The collision, attributed to excessive speeding and reckless overtaking, involved 21 passengers across the three vehicles. Out of these, 14 people sustained injuries – eight males and six females. Okpe stressed that the crash was an outcome of irresponsible driving behavior that included wrongful overtaking and speeding, leading one of the vehicles to spiral out of control