Three Christian clerics die as ‘sleeping driver’ rams into truck on Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway

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On the Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway, a sleeping motorist lost control and hit a truck, killing three people, three of whom were reportedly Christian clerics.

According to Babatunde Akinbiyi, spokesman for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, the accident happened on Saturday, June 17, 2023, about 9:44 am, close to Day Waterman College, a private school at Kobape, on the way to Abeokuta.

He said that a white Sino truck with the license plate WDL 466 XA and a black Rio automobile with the license plate AKD 827 DV were both involved in the collision.

According to Akinbiyi, the driver of the Rio automobile lost control of the vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel, speeding up, and other factors.

According to him, a Rio car carrying a driver, a passenger, and three individuals dressed in white robes, whom he referred to as “men of God,” veered into the opposite lane of the road, uprooted a streetlight on the median, and collided with a Sino truck loaded with cement.

He disclosed that the car was en route from Oke-Iragbiji in Osun State, where the clergymen had conducted prayers and a deliverance service.

“Unexpectedly, the driver lost control due to excessive speed and fatigue. The car swerved across the median, crashed into and uprooted the streetlight, and ultimately collided head-on with the Sino truck, which was carrying cement and heading out of Abeokuta,” he explained.

“Tragically, the three men of God lost their lives instantly upon impact, while the driver and front passenger sustained injuries,” he added.

While expressing condolences to the families of the victims, Akinbiyi cautioned motorists against speeding and emphasized the importance of getting sufficient rest, ideally six to seven hours, before embarking on a journey.


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