Road Accident In Ibadan On New Years Eve Leaves 30 People Dead

About few minutes to enter into the new year, a fatal accident occured near Bola Ige International market along new Ife-Ibadan expressway, Gbagi, Ibadan, Oyo state capital, claiming 30 lives.

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

There is no news to verify if the trailer suffered a brake failure or if the affected buses were parked on the road, but sources confirmed that only two people initially survived the accident and many people were rushed to a nearby hospital while other passengers were said to have died immediately.

Reports say the some of the victims were going to church for the cross-over service at Iyana-Agbala and Egbeda Area of the capital city, another victim who was a pregnant woman, identified as Mrs. Funmilayo, on her way to visit her In-laws, a bus driver identified as ‘Orobo Baba Weather and many others. The affected cars that was crushed by the trailer was a Toyota Camry and Nissan Micra cars.

Confirming the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, puts the casualty figure at eleven, while another report obtained from the office of the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mrs Cecilia Alao, indicated that 12 people died as a result of the incident and their corpses were deposited at the morgue of Oyo State Specialist Hospital, Adeoyo. It noted that aside from nine who died immediately at the scene, additional three persons died on Tuesday morning out of the 10 injured victims who were conveyed to Toun Specialist Hospital, Iwo road area for medical attention.

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