14 Dead, 9 Injured in Lagos-Badagry Expressway Accident

Not fewer than 14 persons lost their lives while nine others sustained injuries in an accident that occurred on Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Mr. Williams Manga, Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, disclosed that 14 persons died while nine others were injured in the accident, which happened about 7.31 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, in the Agemowo axis of the road.

A commercial bus (Mazda) bearing the registration number MUS 411 XU from Lagos, according to the FRSC commander collided with a granite truck with registration number AKM 926YQ from Badagry.

“The accident happened around 7.31 a.m. when it was raining heavily along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway”, he said, adding “My men arrived at the accident scene around 7.41 a.m. and took the injured to General Hospital Badagry, while the dead were deposited at the hospital mortuary.”

“Of the 14 fatalities, eight are male passengers, five are female, and one is a four-month-old female child.

“The accident was caused by the two vehicles speeding while it was raining heavily,” Manga explained.

The commander said that the truck driver was unhurt.

Mrs. Theresa Avoseh, an eyewitness, stated that the people involved in the accident were going home after celebrating with their relatives in Makoko, Lagos.

“The bus was loaded around 5.30 a.m. and was heading to Seme with people who had gone to celebrate with their relatives,” she told NAN, adding that the disaster happened while it began to rain fiercely.

According to Dr. Olatunde Bakare, Medical Director of General Hospital, Badagry, 10 of the victims were brought in dead.

He stated that while his team cared for the injured, four more persons later died, bringing the total to 14.

Bakare said they tried everything possible to save the nine remaining passengers’ lives.

He warned drivers to be cautious on the highways, especially during the wet season.