Tuesday, January 1, 2019

30 People Die In Ibadan New Year Accident

About 15 minutes to the new year, 30 lives were reportedly lost in a road accident on Monday night near Bola Ige International market along new Ife-Ibadan expressway, Gbagi, Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

The victims were crushed to death by an oncoming trailer from Iwo road axis which rammed into the commercial buses by the entrance of the market.

Punch correspondent had around the same time, witnessed firefighters battling to quench an inferno that engulfed multimillion naira goods at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba Ibadan shop complex near Elder Taye Ayorinde house Ekotedo, Ibadan. No life was lost in this incident.

The Gbagi accident which occurred around 11:45pm, led to heavy gridlock which saw vehicles enroute Ife from Ibadan stranded for several hours.

Although, no eyewitness could say if the trailer suffered a brake failure or if the affected buses were parked on the road, sources confirmed that only two people initially survived the accident and many people were taken to a nearby hospital while other passengers were said to have died immediately.

A Toyota Camry and Nissan Micra cars were also said to have been crushed by the trailer.

Sources, however, hinted that many of the victims included people going to churches for the cross-over service at Iyana-Agbala and Egbeda Area of the capital city.