Three burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash
A truck loaded with Indomie Noodles was reported to have attempted gaining access to the road, but did not check for oncoming vehicles
Three persons were feared burnt to death on Monday and several others injured when a commercial bus and a truck loaded with margarine collided at the Arepo end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
It was gathered that one of the vehicles burst into fire on collision, leading to many of the passengers in the commercial bus sustaining various degrees of burnt.
It was said that the accident was caused by a truck laden with Noodles at about 5pm.
A truck loaded with Indomie Noodles was reported to have attempted gaining access to the road, but did not check for oncoming vehicles.
Just the driver of the Indomie truck was reversing into the road, a commercial bus on top speed and another truck loaded with margarine appeared.
While trying to avoid the truck, the commercial bus driver swerved and rammed into the margarine loaded truck.
It fell on the road divider.
In the confusion that followed, the Indomie truck driver drove off.
The margarine truck burst into fire, with the flame spreading to the passenger bus.
The three occupants of the margarine truck came out alive but sustained severe burns.
Eyewitnesses claimed that passengers in the commercial bus were not as fortunate as the bus fell on the road divider, making it difficult for the passengers to escape.
The driver of the bus was however able to exit the bus but with severe injuries as well.
Some of the passengers were later rescued by policemen from the Ibafo Police Division.
An eyewitness said that he heard and saw one of the passengers in bus crying for help, but “obody could help him. He was roasted alive.”
A police source revealed that four women, two children and an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps were injured.
The police source added: “Rescue efforts are still on but three persons are said to have been roasted in the fire.
“We are going to clamp down on truck drivers who park on the expressway because they cause too many accidents.”