15 die in southwest Nigeria truck crash

AP News
Posted: Sep 19, 2012 4:15 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria's southwest say at least 15 people have died in a crash involving two trucks and many other vehicles.

Ogun state police spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi said Wednesday a truck driver collided head-on with cars and motorbikes on a highway leading to the commercial capital of Lagos on Tuesday.

He said the truck driver was trying to avoid hitting a truck coming from another road at a major intersection, but that his speed was too high.

Adejobi said the junction, which has no traffic lights, is notoriously dangerous.

Ogun State Federal Road Safety Commander Ayobami Omiyale said authorities could not immediately give a tally of those who had been killed and injured because they were taken to different hospitals.

Crashes are common on Nigeria's poorly maintained road network.