Container falls, kills bus passengers

A container fell and crushed a fully loaded commuter bus, killing all occupants of the bus Friday afternoon in Ogun State.

The incident, our correspondent gathered, occurred on Sagamu/Benin expressway at Ilishan, very close to Sagamu junction.

It was further gathered that the head-on-collision incident happened a few minutes after mid-day.

The occupants of the bus were mainly students of Olabisi Onabanjo Umiversity, OOU, Ago Iwoye, who were said to be on their way to Lagos.

An eyewitness, Commander Tommy Hamzat, who is the Commander of Ogun State Traffic Control Agency (TRACE), Ijebu Command, said that the truck driver drove against traffic and the bus driver collided with the truck and killed all occupants including the bus driver.

“I was coming from Sagamu side and saw the accident. I had to hurriedly park my car, run to the scene to see if the passengers could be rescued but unfortunately all the occupants were dead including the driver.

“The bus was facing Lagos, but I don’t know where it was coming from. The driver of the truck carrying an empty container was coming from Sagamu axis but was driving against traffic and that resulted in the collision, which eventually claimed the lives of the innocent people,” he explained.

Our correspondent gathered that the remains of the deceased were taken to the mortuary at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

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