An auto crash along Lagos Ibadan yesterday claimed seven lives and left over 20 persons critically wounded.

The accident, which happened around the Danco Petroleum Filling Station, was said to have involved a 40ft container truck marked LAGOS AGL 632 XH, laden with timber logs.

Head of the Ogun State Traffic Compliant and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Commander Kabir Ojerinde, told LEADERSHIP that the dead victims were four male and three females.

Ojerinde explained that one of the front tyres of the Lagos-bound trailer burst, causing the driver to lose control and ram into the road dividers right in front of the construction yard of Julius Berger Construction Company handling the re-construction of the expressway.

The container laden with the timber logs was said to have fallen on a Toyota Camry car with registration number KEY 857 DN and the two other passenger buses marked XB 367 LAF and XC 909 FFA.

The Toyota Camry car and the other vehicles filled with passengers were said to be on their way to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital before the tragic incident.

The 23 others critically injured were rescued and taken to the hospital.

When contacted, the Sagamu unit commander of the FRSC, Abdulahi Mohammed Lawal, declined to comment on the number of the dead, saying “only doctors at the hospital can tell you the number of those that died, not me”. He , however, confirmed that the victims had been taken to the hospital.