A driver of an articulated vehicle at the weekend lost control at the New Garage area of Ibadan, Oyo State, crushing no fewer than seven persons to death.
Five people also sustained life threatening injuries during the fatal auto mishap.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, told newsmen that only two people died, while four others sustained injuries.
One of the eyewitnesses, Lanre Agunla, told newsmen at the accident scene that the vehicle was coming from Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, taking the New Garage entrance to Ibadan when the driver suddenly lost control and crashed into the taxi.
He said, “Around 6.20pm on Saturday, the driver of the articulated vehicle lost control of the vehicle and ran into a Toyota Micra taxi and a commercial tricycle before hitting some retail shops. Seven people died on the spot, while five people were injured. The scene was gory with body parts everywhere.”
The Oyo police PPRO, said two corpses of victims of the accident were deposited at the Adeoyo State Hospital morgue, while the injured persons were taken to Ibadan Central Hospital for treatment.
Ajisebutu added that the driver of the articulated vehicle escaped from the scene of the accident.
“We are yet to ascertain the company that owns the vehicle because the driver escaped. His assistant was arrested and helping our investigation into the incident,” he said.