Twenty people, among who were two babies, escaped death when the 18-seater passenger bus in which they were travelling swerved off the road and finally plunged into a ditch at the Aro end of Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Abeokuta yesterday.
The accident, which involved a blue colour Mazda bus with registration number Ogun XE 413 TTD was on full speed when it got to the speed breaker at the Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta where it suddenly swerved off the road into the ditch.
Though no life was lost, eyewitnesses told Saturday Mirror all the victims of the accident who were seriously injured were taken to Ogun State General Hospital, Ijaiye for medical attention.
When Saturday Mirror visited the accident scene, the bus was in the ditch, damaged and stained with congealing blood. Passengers’ luggages, mobile phones and some naira notes as well as a blank motor park passengers’ manifest were scattered all over the accident scene.
Speaking with newsmen, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) from Ewekoro Division, Sodiq Owolabi, confirmed the accident. He added that the victims were all taken to the hospital by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Owolabi, who gave the name of the bus’ driver as Biodun Biobaku also explained that the driver oversped and lost control of the vehicle at a point along the road which resulted in the accident.