by Segun Olatunji, Abeokuta
No fewer than four persons were reportedly killed after two cars crashed into each other in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Sunday afternoon.
The accident, which occured in the front of the Governor’s Office along the Oke-Mosan-Kobape-Sagamu dual carriage way, also left some persons injured. They are receiving treatment at the Federal Medial Centre, Idi Aba.
Two vehicles, a Toyota Tundra Jeep with number plate Lagos FC 787LND and a Nissan Primeria marked FZ 914 LSR were involved in the crash.
Other motorists and passersby were said to have resorted to the use of axes to cut through the wreckage of one of the cars involved in the crash before they could remove the mangled bodies.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the driver of the Tundra from the Sagamu end of the road lost control and crossed the median before colliding with the Nissan Primera from the opposite direction. The Nissan car was said to be conveying six passengers when the accident occurred.
Another eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Tunde, alleged that the driver of the Tundra was making a phone call and in an attempt to avoid running into a speed breaker lost control and his car skidded into the other lane and rammed his car into the Sagamu-bound Nissan Primera, killing four of the six occupants.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the state Traffic Compliance Agency were seen at the scene rescuing the victims.
The TRACE team leader, Oladele Badmos, said eyewitness accounts revealed that the driver of the Tundra was at fault.
Badmos said he was alleged to be driving at high speed and making phone calls when he lost control of his vehicle.
The TRACE chief added that when the driver realised that he was close to running into a speed breaker, he applied the brakes and lost control before crossing into the other lane where he caused the death of the occupants of the oncoming vehicle.
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