Three church clerics die as ‘sleepy driver’ loses control on Abeokuta-Sagamu road


Three persons said to be Christian clerics died on Saturday when a “sleepy driver” lost control on the Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway.

The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) Corps, said the crash occurred around 9:44am, near Day Waterman College, inbound Abeokuta.

TRACE Corps spokesman, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the road accident involved a black Kia Rio car with registration number: AKD 827 DV; and a white Sino truck with number plate marked, WDL 466 XA.

Akinbiyi identified the cause of the road crash as “sleeping behind the wheel, coupled with speeding and loss of control on the part of the 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.

DAILY POST learnt that the accident involved seven men; three died, two were injured and three were rescued unhurt.

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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