11 die in Benin-Sagamu Expressway Accident

BENIN—BARELY a week after four lecturers of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, died in a ghastly accident on Benin-Ore-Shagamu expressway, when their car plunged into the Ovia River, two separate accidents occurred, weekend, on the same road, claiming 11 lives.

Meanwhile, following the frequent accidents on the road resulting in loss of lives and property, communities living along the road, especially those close to Ovia River have appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action on the bridge across the river.

Vanguard gathered that the first accident, involving a Delta Line bus, occurred on Saturday close to Ore axis of the road, killing eight persons on the spot.

Three persons reportedly lost their lives in the second accident, involving a bus operated by Edegbe Line, a Benin-based transport company, close to the same axis.

A driver of the Edegbe Line bus, who did not give his name, said the driver of the other vehicle lost control and had a head-on collision with their vehicle.

Causalities in the two accidents were deposited at undisclosed hospitals, while the survivors, who sustained various degrees of injuries were taken to University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Benin, for medical attention.

The survivors were, however, kept on the bare floor of the Accident and Emergency Unit of UBTH as the bed spaces were already filled to capacity.

Commenting on the accidents, National Coordinator of Save Accident Victims of Nigeria, SAVAN, Dr. Eddy Ehikhamenor, decried the frequency of accidents on the Benin-Ore-Lagos road. He urged drivers plying the road to exercise caution, reminding them that the roads were always very busy during the ember months.

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