A Toyota Avensis car on Friday lost control, after experiencing a tyre burst, somersaulted and crushed four students of the Government Technical College, Abeokuta and one other person to death in Abeokuta, Ogun.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Saturday.
Akinbiyi explained that the car lost control due to a tyre burst, somersaulted and hit the students where they were seated in front of a house.
“The vehicle lost control due to tyre burst and speeding, somersaulted and went to meet people sitting down outside a house instantly killing five of them and injuring two others.
“The accident occurred around 10:40pm. Four female college students and a little girl died on the spot.
“We learnt they were students of Government Technical College, Abeokuta.
“They came for a Muslim programme called Tahajjud which was to start by 12am but were still outside around 10:30 pm, waiting for 12am to enter a nearby mosque where the programme would take place before the incident happened.
“Alcoholic drinks were found in the car and unfortunately the driver of the car could not be located, ” he said.
Akinbiyi said that corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Center in Abeokuta while the injured were taken to same hospital.
In the same vein, another incident took place on the Otolo-Okigwe Road in Nnewi, Anambra State. The deceased was said to be on a motorcycle with her four kids when they were knocked down by the driver.
A witness, who identified himself as Theo, said the truck driver was travelling at high speed when he suddenly lost control and rammed into the motorcycle. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident, saying the woman and two of her kids lost their lives in the accident.He said the other two children were rescued and responding to treatment in a nearby hospital, while the driver was still at large.
Also, “There was a fatal accident involving a lorry and motorcycle along Otolo/Okigwe Road in the Nnewi LGA of Anambra State.
“A Mercedes 911 tipper with number plate, AWK 575 ZW, while travelling at high speed lost control and knocked down a motorcycle rider, one Blessing Iteshi of Ikwo in Ebonyi State alongside her four children. The mother and two children died in the crash.