A pastor, together with the motorcyclist that was conveying him to church were on Sunday, November 29, 2015 crushed to death on Oyero Road, Ijoko, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
It was learnt that the motorcyclist, Ayo Nugbohoyon, was taking the pastor, Ojo Mattew, to a church when the incident happened around 8am.
According to Punch, the truck marked, EPE712XH, Lagos, conveying cement and asbestos, reportedly pushed them into the path of an oncoming Toyota Camry car with a Lagos number plate, CF 929 MU, carrying, five members of a family, who were also going to church.
The car fell into the drainage channel and the driver, identified only as Samuel, his wife and three children reportedly sustained injuries.
Samuel and his family members were immediately rushed to a hospital in the area where they are said to be receiving treatment while the corpses of the deceased were taken to the Ifo General Hospital Mortuary where the Pastor’s wife was said to have visited.
The truck was heading inward Oyero from Ogba Ayo when its tyres slipped off the steep part of the road and veered into the motorcycle, which was going towards Ogba Ayo.
An okada rider and friend of Nugbohoyon, Israel Oyewo, said he (the deceased) had wanted to travel to Benin Republic to meet his wife who gave birth on Friday, November 27, 2015.
He said, “It is very painful. His wife had a baby two days ago and he had planned to travel later today (Sunday) before the incident happened. The passenger he carried, a pastor, also died. He was taking the pastor to a church.”
A resident, Tunde Aderopo, said: “If not for God who intervened, the fatality would have been more than two. I never believed all the family members would survive when I saw the extent of damage to the car. The truck slipped and rammed into the car, crushing the motorcycle between them.”
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi and the Unit Commander, of FRSC in Agbado, Mr. Lasisi Ogundele, disclosed that the truck driver was on the run.
The PPRO said, “There was a fatal motor/motorcycle accident today (Sunday) on Oyero Road involving one Toyota Cabstar truck driven by an unidentified driver, now at large. He lost the control of his vehicle on the hill while descending and crushed the motorcyclist and his passenger. Both died on the spot. Investigation is in progress.”
Ogundele added, “The motorcyclist was carrying the pastor to church when the accident happened. Family members inside the Toyota Camry car that was also affected were injured. The corpses of the deceased have been taken to the mortuary by the police.”