A police officer is killed and five others are injured when a Dangote truck rams into vehicles in Ogun.

A police officer on duty was killed in a road accident in Ogun State, which was allegedly caused by a speeding truck belonging to the Dangote Cement factory.

On Tuesday night, five other people were injured in a crash near the Saiten Petrol Station on the Abeokuta-Lagos highway.

According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the crash involved nine vehicles, including the Dangote truck, a tipper, a yellow bus, an armoured tank, a Toyota RAV4 and three motorcycles.

The FRSC spokesman in Ogun State, Florence Okpe, explained that eight persons – seven male adults and one female adult – were involved in the crash.

Okpe said four male adults and one female adult were injured, adding that “one person was killed, while two were unhurt.”

She blamed the crash on speeding and wrongful overtaking by the Dangote truck driver, who she said lost control and crashed into other vehicles from the rear.

She explained that the Dangote truck later plunged into the river.

According to her, the Toyota RAV4 car went up in flames due to the impact of the collision, stating that the fire was extinguished with the help of the filling station’s fire extinguisher, but some motorcycles were burnt.

“The injured victims were taken to the General Hospital in Ota for medical attention.

“One person identified as the police officer, who was on duty, got injured and was also taken to the hospital by the FRSC rescue team, but he later died,” Okpe stated.

Meanwhile, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ogun, Ahmed Umar, sympathised with the victims’ families, advising motorists to always obey traffic rules.

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