No fewer than 12 persons lost their lives on Sunday at Shiun, along the Abeokuta/Sagamu road, when two vehicles collided on the expressway.
The accident, according to a statement by Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Clement Oladele, happened about 1p.m.
According to the statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Sector, Route Commander Florence Okpe, the accident occurred when a black Kia Cerato with registration number, Lagos, KJA 806 BT, suffered a burst tyre while on high speed.
The driver of the car inbound Abeokuta, the FRSC boss said, was suspected to have suddenly applied brake which led to him losing control of the car, veering off his lane and climbing the road divider to the other lane.
The car was said to have collided with a Toyota Space bus, with registration number LSR 334 FF, outbound Abeokuta.
The collision was said to have killed the occupants of the two vehicles.
Eleven adults, including five males and six females, and a child lost their lives in the accident.
The statement reads: “At about 1300hrs, along the Abeokuta-Sagamu road around Shiun, a black Kia Cerato car on high speed suffered a burst tyre and the driver was suspected to have applied break suddenly, which led to him losing control of the speeding car that left its lane, climbing the road divider and racing to the opposite direction where the car collided with a passenger bus, a grey coloured Toyota Sports Space bus, that was travelling from Abeokuta towards Sagamu.
“The unfortunate crash killed all the occupants of the two ill-fated vehicles. The suspected cause of the crash is tyre burst and speeding.”
According to the sector commander, the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.
The sector commander corps, while commiserating with the families of the dead victims of the crash, informed members of the public whose family members travelled within the period to contact the FRSC command in Abeokuta or Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, for identification of the victims.
The commander also advised motorists to ensure that their vehicles were in good condition, including driving with good tyres, and to avoid excessive speed.