A police officer on duty reportedly died after a speeding truck belonging to Dangote Cement factory rammed into vehicles on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Five other persons were also injured in the crash that occurred around Saiten Petrol Station along the highway Tuesday night.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) spokesman, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident on Wednesday in Abeokuta.
Okpe said nine vehicles were involved in the crash, including the Dangote truck, a tipper, a yellow bus, an armoured tank, a Toyota Rav4 and three motorcycles.
She explained that eight persons – seven male adults and one female adult – were involved in the crash.
Okpe said four male adults and one female adult were injured, adding that “one person was killed, while two were unhurt.”
The FRSC spokesperson blamed the crash on speeding and wrongful overtaking on the part of the Dangote truck driver, who she said lost control and crashed into other vehicles from the rear.
Okpe explained that the Dangote truck later plunged into the river.
According to her, the Toyota Rav4 car went up in flames due to the impact of the collision, stating that the fire was extinguished with the help of the filling station’s fire extinguisher, but some motorcycles were burnt.
“The injured victims were taken to the General Hospital in Ota for medical attention.
“One person identified as the police officer, who was on duty, got injured and was also taken to the hospital by the FRSC rescue team, but he later died,” Okpe stated.
Okpe quoted the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ogun, Ahmed Umar, to have sympathised with the families of the victims, advising motorists to always obey traffic rules.