Tension took over the atmosphere as three people, reported to be Christian clerics, lost their lives on Saturday, June 17 in an autocrash on the Abeokuta-Sagamu expressway.
The image maker of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement, TRACE, Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, admitted that the ugly incident took place at about 9:44 a.m., close to Day Waterman College, inbound Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Akinbiyi further stated that a black Rio car with registration number: AKD 827 DV collided with a white Sino truck with number WDL 466 XA.
The spokesperson maintained that the unfortunate crash took place because the Rio car driver was sleeping behind the wheel.
He also explained that the said driver lost total control of the vehicle as a result of overspeeding.
According to him, “the car skidded to the other lane of the road, uprooted the street light at the median and collided with the Sino truck loaded with cement, outbound Abeokuta”.
He added that the seven clerics in the vehicles, three passed away, two sustained injuries two remained unhurt.
Akinbiyi stressed that the victims were rushed immediately to the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, capital of the state for medical attention.
“The Rio car, in which a driver, a passenger and three men of God in white clothing/apparel with robes were driving in was coming from Oke-Iragbiji in Osun State, for prayers and deliverance service.
“Suddenly, the driver lost control due to excessive speed, as he was also dozing behind the wheels, ran over the median, hit and uprooted the street light on the median before colliding head-on with the Sino truck loaded with cement, which was coming outbound Abeokuta.
“Instantly, the three men of God died due to the impact of the collision, while the driver and the passenger in front were injured.”
However, Akinbiyi admonished motorists to take “adequate rest at least six to seven hours before setting out on a journey.”