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On Thursday night, tragedy struck when an unconfirmed number of passengers were allegedly burned to death in a car crash.
About 10:20 p.m., the crash occurred on the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in the Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
A silver Toyota RAV 4 with the registration number LND 13 GS, a silver Toyota Camry with the registration number GGE 369 GJ, and a burned Mazda bus with an unspecified number plate were involved in the crash.
According to our source, the burned commercial bus was engaged in a wrongful overtaking before colliding with a stationary defective truck, the Toyota Rav 4, which was parked in the middle of the lane.
Babatunde Akinbiyi, Spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, made the announcement in an early Friday morning tweet.
Akinbiyi revealed that many of the bus’s passengers were burned beyond recognition, with three of them suffering burn injuries.
TRACE operatives and other security forces on the site, he said, rescued two people and transported them to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre and the General Hospital in Gbagada.
He said, “Preliminary investigation showed that the burnt commercial bus was involved in wrongful overtaking before it hit a broken down stationary vehicle (Toyota Rave 4) in the middle of the road.
“In the process, it lost control and summersaulted several times before it burst into flames.
“As of the time of filing this report, it can’t be ascertained if the Mazda bus was fully loaded, but the carcass of burnt bodies beyond recognition was noticed at the accident scene.
“Two of the three persons who sustained injuries were taken to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre while one was taken to the General Hospital, Gbagada for treatment, by the combined efforts of TRACE, FRSC, and the police.