If they had told 12 of them that they were not going to cross over to the new year, they would have taken it with a pinch of salt.

15 minutes to midnight on New Year Eve, their lives were cut short.

They were crushed to death by a truck coming from the Iwo Road, which reportedly rammed into commercial buses and other vehicles along the new Ife-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident led to gridlock that saw vehicles heading for Ile-Ife in Osun State stranded for several hours.

Although eyewitness could not say if the truck had suffered brake failure or if the affected buses were carelessly parked on the road, sources confirmed that two people may have survived the accident.

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Apart from the commercial buses, two saloon cars were also said to have been crushed by the truck.

Sources said that many of the victims were going to church for the crossover service in the Iyana-Agbala and Egbeda areas of the city.

The situation also left several others stranded on the highway.

The victims include: a pregnant woman, identified simply as Mrs Funmilayo, who was said to be on her way to her in-laws’, a bus driver identified as ‘Orobo Baba Welder’, and many others who could not be identified.

A report by the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Cecilia Alao, indicated that corpses have been deposited in the morgue of the Oyo State Specialist Hospital, Adeoyo.

She noted that aside the nine, who died on the spot, three others lost their lives on Tuesday at the Toun Specialist Hospital, Iwo Road.