At least nine persons were confirmed dead on Saturday while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries in two separate accidents around Ijebu- Ife axis in Ogun State.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, Mr. Clement Oladele, disclosed this late on Saturday night in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
He said the first crash occurred at about 5:00 a.m. when the day was still dark, while the second crash occurred at 8:20 a.m. on the same corridor of Ijebu Ife.
26 persons were involved in the two crashes.
The FRSC official said the first crash was suspected to have been caused by an armed robbery attack.
He said: “Two people died when the driver of a Toyota Picnic suddenly reversed on the highway after sighting the armed robbers. An oncoming truck crashed into the fleeing vehicle.
“The injured victims were taken to General Hospital in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. The corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the General Hospital Ijebu-Ode, morgue.”
Seven people died in the second crash involving a Mack tanker and a Toyota Hiace commuter bus coming from Okitipupa, Ondo State.
“The commuter bus due to excessive speed could not manoeuvre the diversion point and in the process collided head-on with the truck,” Oladele added.
He said the injured victims were taken to the General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, for medical treatment.
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