The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) has confirmed the death of two persons, including a tanker driver and a motorboy, in multiple road accidents along the Sagamu-Benin expressway.
Spokesman of the Corps, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, told newsmen in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun that four others were injured in the accidents, which occurred on Friday morning.
Akinbiyi said three unidentified articulated vehicles, including two petroleum laden tankers, were involved in separate incidents, which occurred around J4 and Odogbolu/Ijebu-Ode junctions between 10-10:15a.m.
According to him, the corpse of the dead, a male adult had been deposited at the State Hospital in Ijebu-Ode while the motorboy was burnt beyond recognition in the carnage.
The other four injured males he said were rescued and taken to Rona Private Hospital in Ijebu-Ode for treatment.
Akinbiyi said that the first accident involved a tanker and an articulated vehicle with three occupants, few metres away from the Odogbolu/Ijebu-Ode junction.
“Investigations revealed that this accident was caused by the tanker driver who was driving against traffic facing traffic inbound Lagos from the East.
“Four persons were involved in that particular incident as we learnt the petrol laden tanker, on the way to the East, drove in a direction prohibited by traffic law.
“It had an head on collision with another trailer loaded with beer bottles coming in the opposite direction.
“The driver of the petrol laden tanker died on the spot, the three injured were rescued while the affected vehicles have been tolled to the Obalende Police Station in Ijebu-Ode.
“Two persons were involved in the second accident at J4 as a petrol tanker was set ablaze after a miscalculated parking attempt by the driver which resulted in the death of the motorboy.
“In an attempt to park the tanker, it fell in a ditch, head-first, igniting fire which immediately consumed the motor boy in the tanker.
“The driver managed to escape with injuries and it was he who revealed that he had a motorboy with him but we were unable to retrieve his body as he was burnt beyond salvaging,” Akinbiyi said.
According to him, a combined team of rescue personnel from the FRSC, police and TRACE arrived the scene 15 minutes after the accident.
“TRACE is using this opportunity to once again admonish drivers, especially those of articulated vehicles to exercise patience on the roads.
“They must always give consideration to other road users because of the attendant consequences if they do otherwise,” the TRACE official said.