Two die in Lagos-Badagry Expressway accident

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Two persons on Monday died on the spot, while four others sustained different levels of injury in a car accident on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

The accident took place around 5:46 a.m. at the Ibereko segment of the expressway, according to Mr. Williams Manga, the Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Badagry.

“Our personnel were alerted about the accident around 6.12 a.m., and we got to the scene at exactly 6.20 a.m.

“The Toyota Camry with dealer registration number 01-6897DLA and seven passengers—four male and three female—was coming from a popular hotel when the accident occurred.

“The vehicle somersaulted many times on the old Badagry expressway, to the other side, leaving two dead while four sustained varying degrees of injury.

“One of them was not affected by the accident at all,” he said.

He mentioned that the probable reason for the accident was excessive speeding.

Manga added that the four individuals who sustained injuries were transported to the General Hospital in Badagry for medical care, while the bodies of the two deceased were placed in the hospital’s mortuary.

The unit commander also stated that awareness programs had been arranged for drivers using the Agbara-Badagry expressway to emphasize the importance of reducing their speed on the highway.

“This is not the first time this will happen; the command has continuously warned motorists about the menace of excessive speeding, but some will not listen.

“Avoid excessive speeding, adhere to speed limits, and conduct routine vehicle checks for prompt detection and replacement of faulty motor parts before leaving your house. This is an important way of minimising accidents on our roads,” he said.

The Medical Director, General Hospital, Badagry, Dr Olatunde Bakare, said that victims of the accident were brought in around 7.30 a.m.

“The injured persons are presently receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the hospital, while two dead bodies are in the mortuary,” he said.

He advised drivers using the Lagos-Badagry expressway to decrease their speed while on the road.

“Accident victims are being brought to the hospital daily,” he said.