No fewer than 20 persons lost their lives on Wednesday in a multiple accident at the Tollgate end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ogun State.
She said, “All we were carrying in our truck were yams and sacks of garri. The police never allowed us to have breathing space as they kept stopping us on the road and collected N200 from us.“I was the one paying them and I had spent everything I had. I had N100 left on me. I begged the policemen to take the money from us and allow us continue with our journey, but they insisted that we pay the N200.
“The driver then gave his boy N500 and asked him to go and look for change to give the policemen. The guy crossed to the other side of the road to look for change. Few minutes later, he returned and gave them the N200. He had barely paid the money than we heard a loud bang.”
“Iya Nimota was sitting at the back. The trailer crushed her. The driver of the bus, however, got seriously injured and he is in the hospital,” she said.
“I can’t believe she is dead,” she wailed.
He said, “The road leading to the Tollgate area is a slope. This caused the trailer to move at a high speed when it lost control and hit v?ehicles. Three cars fell into the canal instantly. We all mobilised to the scene to rescue the people.“Four persons sitting at the back of a commercial bus were crushed instantly. Three people who were selling bread on the road were killed. The trailer broke their skulls. Three others lost their legs. Some people in the cars that plunged into the canal also died.“There was commotion at that moment. Two of the policemen waiting to collect money from the driver were among the dead. We began to convey the injured persons into buses that would take them to a hospital around 2am.“We appeal to the state government to put bumps on the slope to forestall a recurrence.”
He said, “I was sleeping when we got the call that an accident had happened. We pulled out at least six people from the water, dead. But I am aware 12 people died in all.”
“One of them came down and started controlling the traffic. A policeman suddenly came to challenge him. The solider, who had been told that the police caused the accident, slapped the policeman.“As some other policemen surrounded him and started to beat him, the soldier’s colleagues arrived and descended on the policemen. They beat up the policemen and slapped their DPO. The police had to run away from the place,” he said.