No fewer than 24 persons lost their lives in separate crashes in Lagos, Enugu, and Oyo states on Thursday.
In Enugu State, the accident involving a truck and an 18-seater bus killed eight persons near the CBN bus stop along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
The driver, identified simply as Simeon, was said to be conveying the passengers to a destination in the state when he attempted to overtake a truck.
An eyewitness, who confirmed the development to one of our correspondents, said the driver rammed into the truck, adding that no fewer than eight corpses were recovered from the scene.
Ejike said, “The bus was filled with commuters from Abakpa, in Enugu East Local Government Area of the state, and was heading to the New Market community when the accident occurred.
“The driver, Simeon, was coming from Abakpa and attempted to overtake another vehicle that was emitting too much smoke.
“As he attempted to overtake the truck that was very close, the next thing we heard was a loud sound and the bus was completely damaged. I don’t know how many survived but I counted eight dead bodies on the floor,” he said.
It was learnt that the injured victims and corpses were taken to the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital.
Efforts to speak with the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, were not successful.
He had yet to respond to a text message at the time of filing this report.
In another accident in Lagos State, a driver of a black Honda Civic car with number plate EPE 666 BC was crushed to death by a commercial bus driver in the Meiran area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim, after dropping off his family at the Meiran Estate, was on his way to a destination when the commercial bus driver, while driving against traffic, rammed into him.
The impact of the crash that occurred around 9am on Thursday killed the driver of the black Honda Civic car.
Upon realising the gravity of the collision, the driver of the Volkswagen commercial bus with number plate EPE 964XX fled.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted, confirmed the crash.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Taofiq Adebayo, also confirmed the incident.
He said, “A Volkswagen commercial bus driver with number plate, EPE 964XX, while driving one-way at high speed collided with a private car, Honda Civic, with number plate, EPE 666 BC.
“The accident, according to LASTMA (Bravo), Ajanlekoko Anthony, occurred around 9.30am as the driver of the Honda Civic car sustained a serious neck injury and died instantly in a pool of blood.”
Adebayo, who noted that the deceased driver was a resident at Meiran Estate, said officials of the agency handed his corpse over to his relatives.
He noted that the General Manager of the agency, Bolaji Oreagba, warned motorists, both private and commercial, to desist from disobeying traffic laws, particularly driving against traffic in the state.
Also in Lagos, five persons were burnt beyond recognition while three others sustained injuries in a crash on the Badagry-Seme Expressway on Thursday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Sulaiman Taiwo, Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps at Badagry, confirmed the accident.
He said the accident which involved a Honda Pilot SUV with number plate LSR 772 HE and a motorcycle with an unidentifiable number plate occurred at the Akoro village end of the expressway.
“The driver of the SUV collided with the motorcycle resulting in an explosion. By the time we got to the scene, the raging fire had burnt three persons beyond recognition, while two others lost their lives during the rescue operation.
“Three persons that survived the inferno were taken to the general hospital in Badagry while the five corpses were deposited at the mortuary in the same hospital,’’ Taiwo told NAN.
The Medical Director, Badagry General Hospital, Dr Olatunde Bakare, said relatives of deceased persons had claimed the corpses, adding that the three injured victims were still receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the hospital.
Meanwhile, the FRSC on Thursday said 10 passengers got burnt to death after two commercial buses collided on Oyo-Ogbomoso Road, Oyo State.
According to the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Joshua Adekanye, the crash involving a Mazda and a Toyota Hiace bus occurred around 5.30am around kilometre 12, Ijawaya, Oyo-Ogbomoso Road.
He said the buses with number plates LEM 963 XA and NSR 222 ZS were coming from Lagos and Nasarawa states respectively.
Adekanye said immediately after the vehicles collided, they went caught fire, resulting in the burning of the occupants.
Attributing the cause of the accident to speeding and overloading, Adekanye called on motorists to always avoid night travelling, speeding and overloading.