Lagos, Nigeria: On a day meant for celebration and joy, tragedy struck on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, opposite the AP filling station, as a fatal accident claimed the lives of two individuals and left another injured on Christmas Day.
The incident, involving a Toyota bus with the registration TSE 266 XA and a Mazda bus bearing registration number FKJ 215 XX, occurred at 5:20 p.m., casting a sombre shadow over the festive season.
On Monday, Mrs Florence Okpe, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) spokesperson in Ogun, confirmed the heartbreaking incident to reporters in Abeokuta.
According to Okpe, the preliminary investigation pointed to speeding and wrongful overtaking as the primary causes of the tragic collision.
Okpe disclosed that a total of 15 individuals, comprising 12 men and three women, were involved in the accident. Regrettably, two lives were lost in the crash, while one person sustained injuries.
The injured victim was promptly rushed to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for urgent medical attention, while the deceased were respectfully deposited in the hospital’s morgue.
The state Sector Commander, Anthony Uga, expressed condolences to the grieving families of the victims and urged motorists to exercise caution on the roads.
Uga emphasized the need for drivers to shun excessive speed and remain vigilant, especially during the holiday season when road traffic tends to peak.
In the wake of this tragic incident, the FRSC extends its sympathy to the affected families and calls on the public to contact the FRSC Sagamu for more information regarding the crash.
The authorities are working diligently to gather additional details to understand the accident’s circumstances comprehensively.
Christmas Day, traditionally a time for joy and togetherness, has been marred by this unfortunate event, serving as a poignant reminder of the importance of road safety measures.
As families mourn the loss of their loved ones, communities are left grappling with the aftermath of an incident that has cast a pall over the festive spirit.
The incident underscores the critical need for continuous road safety awareness campaigns and stringent enforcement of traffic regulations.
It is a collective responsibility to ensure that tragedies like these are minimized and that every road user plays a role in fostering a safer and more secure environment.
As the nation reflects on this Christmas Day accident, there is a renewed call for heightened vigilance, responsible driving, and adherence to traffic rules.
Let this sad event serve as a stark reminder that every journey on the road demands our utmost attention and responsibility to prevent the loss of precious lives.
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