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3 Clerics Die As ‘Sleeping Driver’ Crashes Into Truck In Ogun



Three persons said to be clerics on Saturday died in an accident along the Abeokuta-Sagamu expressway.

Our correspondent learnt that, the driver who was sleeping on the wheels lost control and crashed into a truck.

The accident involved seven men; three died, two were injured and three were rescued unhurt.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi confirmed the accident to journalists in Abeokuta on Saturday.

Akinbiyi the accident involved a black Rio car with registration number: AKD 827 DV; and a white Sino truck with number plate marked, WDL 466 XA.

He attributed the cause of the road crash to “seeping behind the wheels, coupled with speeding and loss of control on the part of Rio car driver.”

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.

It was reported that the victims were taken to State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.

Quoting eyewitness account, Akinbiyi said: “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.

While commiserating with the victims’ families, Akinbiyi warned motorists to eschew speeding and take adequate rest, at least six to seven hours before setting out on a journey.

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