Five people have been confirmed dead while three others sustained injuries, on Saturday, in a road accident in Ogun.
The crash involved a Howo Sino truck and a Mazda car, at Day Waterman junction on the Abeokuta – Sagamu expressway.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the spokesman of Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.
He explained that the accident occurred at 3:45 pm at Day Waterman turning, on the expressway, in Obafemi Owode LGA of Ogun.
The TRACE spokesman said the accident was caused by reckless driving on the part of the truck driver, with registration number T-14214LA
He said the truck driver made a sudden U-turn, without observation, and that the Mazda car, marked KRD 975 HJ, rammed into it because of speed.
He said nine people – four men and five women – were involved in the accident, saying five people died while three others sustained injuries.
“Unfortunately, the driver of the Howo truck who caused the crash ran away,” he said.
Akinbiyi said those injured were taken to State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta and Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta.
He said the corpses were deposited at State Hospital and Idera Hospital morgues, Sagamu.
He commiserated with the families of the deceased and appealed to articulated vehicle drivers to observe safety rules and avoid overbearing attitudes while driving.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, also confirmed the accident. (NAN)