By Debo Adeoye
Multiple accidents occurred at Odo Oba area of Oyo-Ogbomoso road early morning on Sunday, which involved several articulated vehicles and commuter buses.
According to an eyewitness, the early morning downpour caused the Odo- Oba river to overflow resulting in vehicles being partly submerged.
We learnt further that several vehicles ran into themselves while a number of people were trapped in their vehicles.
As at the time of filing this report, the number of people involved has not been established.
The narrow bridge and constant overflow of water responsible for constant scene of multiple accidents at Odo-Oba area.
This year, a footballer with Crown FC of Ogbomoso died in the river when a bus he was travelling in plunged in. His colleague in the same bus had to swim ashore to escape been swept away.
The spate of fatal road accidents in Nigeria is phenomenal. Trend analysis of fatal road accidents between June 2006 and May, 2014 using Nigeria Watch database shows that 15,090 lives were lost to fatal car accidents in 3,075 events. The highest fatality occurred in 2013 (2,061 deaths) and a 2.8% increase from 2012 record of 1,652 deaths.
However, the probability for a high fatality record in 2014 remains high considering the 964 deaths already recorded between January and May. One cannot say fatal accidents have been on the increase due to the inconsistency in the number of deaths per year. On the national scene, Lagos recorded the highest number of fatalities with 1,579 deaths from 620 events while FCT (Abuja) has the highest relative number of deaths of 0.6 deaths per 100,000 populations.
These findings are explained in the population and continuous urbanisation of Lagos and the number of inhabitants and registered vehicles in the FCT (Abuja). On the regional level, a trend analysis of the North and South shows that more people died in fatal road accidents in the South (8,288 people (55%) than in the North (6,792 people (45%).
Secondly, the volume of oil distribution and highway criminal activities has been more prevalent in the South than in the North.