So Sad FRSC says 80 persons have been killed on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in 6 months

In the last six months, over 80 deaths have been recorded in several accidents that have occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway alone.

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An accident scene on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in charge of Zone 2 covering Lagos and Ogun States, have said that at least 80 persons have been killed in different vehicular accidents along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway between January and June, 2016.

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Punch reports that according to the agency, about 98 people sustained varying degrees of injuries emanating from accidents on the same road, which is clearly a cause of concern for the nation.

The statistics were obtained from cases reported by either the FRSC, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), the Ogun State Police Command, as well as other agencies.

However, records obtained from the Ogun State TRACE indicate that 91 crashes occurred on the Ogun State end of the expressway in six months, which saw 44 people dead while 149 persons were injured.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC, Zone 2, Nseobong Akpabio, attributed the accidents to reckless driving, adding that some failed portions on the expressway also contributed to the accidents.

“Indiscipline is the major cause of most of the accidents. For instance, between the Ogunmakin and Ogere end of the expressway, drivers speed because construction work had just been concluded and the road is smooth.

The same is applicable between the Mowe and Sagamu end of the road. There are also failed portions in some parts. If any vehicle runs into some of the bad portions at full speed, it would veer off the road and the vehicle would end up in the bush.

We wrote a report on the various failed portions on the expressway and that informed the ongoing construction works which will cover several kilometres."

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On his part, the Public Relations Officer, TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said efforts taken by the agency to reduce road accidents included public enlightenment and training of arrested drivers.

“From the data we have, 10 people died in each month of January, April and June, while there were three deaths in February, six in March and five in May, making a total of 44 deaths.

While 35 of the crashes were caused by speeding, 20 were due to dangerous driving and 13 caused by bad tyres. Nine cases were caused by those driving against the traffic and 14 were caused by other reasons."

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