6th September, 2010
Survivors of Sundayâ€™s road carnage on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in Mowe-Ibafo axis haveÂ recounted their ordeal during the accident
One ofÂ them, Akin Alabi, who is the Ogun State correspondent of Global Excellence, a softÂ sell magazine, said, â€œthe accident was terrible and was more horrible than the one thatÂ occurred some weeks ago at Berger Bus stop in Lagos State.â€
â€œThe most painful thing was that all efforts to contact some officials of Ogun StateÂ Government including the state governor proved abortive. The state fire service wasÂ helpless. Fire men managed to work for about 15 minutes before they declared there was noÂ more water. There was nothing they could do. ItÂ was disheartening, â€ he said.
Alabi, who was one of the occupants of the Abeokuta-bound vehicles that were coming fromÂ Lagos, lamented that the accident was caused by the tanker drivers who parked the trucks onÂ the both sides of the road thereby blocking other motorists plying the route.
He said that the accident could have been averted if the state government had evicted theÂ tanker drivers from the place.
â€œIf the state government had done what it is supposed to have done, probably, the accidentÂ of yesterday could not have been averted or minimized. People have called on the Ogun StateÂ Government to send the tanker drivers away from the highway.
â€œI give thanks to God for sparing my life, even though I am still feeling pains all over myÂ body,â€ he said.
A couple who lost two children to the accident were weeping profusely, when ourÂ correspondent visitedÂ the scene of the accident.
â€œMy children are in there. Somebody should help me, my children must not die,â€ the helplessÂ woman cried as she called on passers-by to help rescue her children.
Another survivor, who identified herself as Salewa, also narrated her experience and why sheÂ would organise a thanksgiving service in her church.
â€œMy brother, I donâ€™t have much to say. I promised to give thanks to the Lord. I boarded theÂ bus from LagosÂ to Ibadan. My hope and spirits were already in Ibadan for my mission only toÂ see myself where I am here now. I donâ€™t have much injury, only this minor burns at my back.Â I pray that those who were seriously injured recover speedily,â€ Salewa said.
P.M.NEWS gathered this morning that some victims who sustained minor injuries were taken toÂ private hospitals in Mowe and Ibafo in Ogun State.
Those who had serious injuries were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,Â OOUTH, Sagamu for treatment.
A top official of OOUTH told our correspondent that some of the victims who were brought toÂ the hospital yesterday night had died early today. But he did not disclose the number ofÂ those that had died.