Tragedy struck on Sunday morning as a truck crushed a pastor, Ojo Mattew, and a commercial okada rider to death on Oyero Road, Ijoko, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
It was learnt that the motorcyclist, Ayo Nugbohoyon, was taking the pastor to a church when the both of them were crushed by a truck conveying cement and asbestos.
The truck pushed them into the path of an oncoming Toyota Camry car with a Lagos number carrying five members of a family, who were also going to church.
The driver of the car, identified as Samuel, and his family members – wife and three children – reportedly sustained injuries and were rushed to a hospital in the area. The car fell into the drainage channel by the roadside.
According to PUNCH, the truck marked Lagos EPE712XH, was heading inward Oyero from Ogba Ayo when its tyres slipped off the steep part of the road and veered into the motorcycle, which was going towards Ogba Ayo.
The corpses of the dead Pastor and okada man were taken to Ifo General Hospital Mortuary, as policemen from the Agbado division and some residents of the community were seen making efforts to clear the road. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps later joined them in the operation.
An okada rider and friend of Nugbohoyon, Israel Oyewo, said he (the deceased) had wanted to travel to Benin Republic to meet his wife who gave birth on Friday.
He said, “It is very painful. His wife had a baby two days ago and he had planned to travel later today (Sunday) before the incident happened.
The passenger he carried, a pastor, also died. He was taking the pastor to a church.”