Tragedy strucK, Saturday, in Ijoko, Ifo Local Government in Ogun State
when an articulated truck crushed a yet-to-be-identified pregnant
woman and four others to death. The multiple accident also left three
The accident which occurred at about 1:00p.m. at Odo-Alamo Road, Ijoko
axis of the state, involved a truck with registration number XZ
640-EPE, two okada with registration numbers DGB 740 QB and MEK 957 QC
and a Honda car marked SMK 765-AV.
Commuters plying the road watched in horror as the bodies of the five
deceased were crushed beyond recognition.
Aside the truck driver whom Vanguard gathered fled after the accident,
two others including a teenager were in a critical condition and taken
to an unknown hospital.
Relatives of the deceased were seen wailing uncontrollable after
confirming that those that died were their loved ones.
The residents attributed the cause of the crash to the bad portion of
the road which has turned to a nightmare to commuters and other road
Speaking to Vanguard, Mr. John Ayo, the only conscious survivor of the
accident said: "The truck was conveying cement to a construction site.
Due to the slope, coupled with the terrible state of the road, the
truck driver lost control, thereby causing injuries or death to eight
Mrs. Adebimpe Akintunde, another eyewitness said: "When I saw the way
the truck driver drove past my shop, I knew something would happen.
"Immediately, I rushed out to see the truck. On getting to this spot,
it actually lost control and crushed the okada and the vehicle ahead
of him," Akintunde said.
Policemen who arrived the scene later took the corpses to the mortuary
while the cause of the accident and the search for the truck driver
was said to have started.