Sept 23, 2015- Strange Goat Causes Car To Land Into A Ditch On Ibadan Abeokuta Expressway, Mother Dies, 8-Month-old Baby Survives
A middle-aged nursing mother died yesterday in an accident on the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway. Her eight-month old baby survived the incident.
It was gathered that a Toyota Sienna, with registration number Lagos BFG 113 DE, was travelling from Abuja to Abeokuta, Ogun State, when it landed in a ditch.
The deceased was among the seven passengers on board when the accident occurred at Eleso village at 12.15am yesterday.
A stray goat allegedly caused the accident.
The victim, identified as Mrs Jumoke Sodiq, was travelling for the Sallah celebration.
A police officer from the Traffic Section of the Apata Police Station, Ben Onoja, said the vehicle loaded its passengers from Abuja and was headed for Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to some of the survivors, the driver was speeding when a goat suddenly crossed the road.
“In an attempt to avoid hitting the goat, the driver swerved and skipped off the road.
“The vehicle somersaulted several times before it ended in a ditch. We were shouting, unable to open the doors, until a Good Samaritan broke the windscreen. Many other people joined later to rescue us,” a survivor, Mrs Sadiat said.
An eyewitness, Lanre Amoo, narrated how the baby and her mother were discovered an hour after other passengers were rescued.
He said: “Many of us thought all the passengers have been rescued.
“It was more than one hour later when one of the passengers raised the alarm that there was still one more passenger in the car.
“So, immediately we rushed back into the bush and saw the woman’s leg trapped. We started lifting her out.
“But, we were surprised when her baby suddenly fell from her hand. We took the baby and brought the woman out. She was in a coma when we brought her out.
“There was no one at that hour to take her to the hospital, which is far away. We called the Apata Police Station for help, but the officer, Mr Sunday, said there was no fuel in their vehicle .
“We later discovered that the woman had died. The baby is still with us here; we are making effort to reach her relatives.”
The woman’s remains have been taken to the Adeoyo State Hospital. The baby is still with the police. [The Nation]