Truck driver disappears after killing 11 students

Police are still searching for the driver who drove the truck that killed 11 undergraduates at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in a May 26 road crash along the Benin-Ore-Sagamu Highway.

Ibukunoluwa Christiana Asade and 10 other OOU students died in the road crash

Police are still searching for the driver who drove the truck that killed 11 undergraduates at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) last month.

The driver,, while driving against traffic along the Benin-Ore-Sagamu Highway on May 26, had rammed his truck in a bus conveying the students.

The container on the truck unlatched and fell on top of the bus, killing of the students instantly.

Only one, Akinbo Laughter Ibukun, survived the incident.

The unnamed driver fled the scene instantly and, almost two weeks after the tragedy, is still on the run.

The Ogun State Police Command spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, told Premium Times that the police is still on the trail of the driver, adding that the truck had been impounded and is still in custody.

OOU students had given the police a week ultimatum to find the driver and also demanded compensation for the victims' families.

The president of the Students’ Union Government of the university, Adenola Adegbesan, said the compensation will not bring back the deceased but will be useful to the families.

Adegbesan also urged the regulation of trucks movement on highways.

“I would like government to look into how they can reduce the number of heavy duty vehicles on the highways,” he said.

“The sheer number of trucks on the roads these days is alarming and they are always a disaster waiting to happen due to the drivers’ recklessness.”

Speaking last Wednesday at the scene of the accident, Governor Ibikunle Amosun said the state would look into how the Federal Highway Code would criminalize traffic offenses.

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