Driver dies, passengers escape as container crushes vehicles

An unidentified bus driver was killed in a traffic accident on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway by PM Filling Station, Cele, inside Mile 2, Lagos State.Information Guide Nigeria

An unregistered 40-foot container truck, a commercial vehicle with the license plate AKD 469XZ, a black Toyota Highlander with the license plate AGL 366 FP, a black Toyota 4Runner with the license plate AAA 353 FH, and a black Toyota Highlander all took part in the accident, which happened on Thursday around 1 p.m.

A non-registered 40-foot containerized truck, a commercial vehicle with license plate AKD 469XZ, a black Toyota Highlander with license plate AGL 366 FP, and a black Toyota 4Runner were engaged in an accident that happened on Thursday at approximately 1:00 p.m.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the truck driver lost control while trying to manoeuvre the bad road, causing the container on it to fall on the vehicles.

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Although the occupants of the two SUVs and the bus passengers survived, the bus driver was crushed under the container’s weight.

A witness, who would only identify herself as Mamus for personal reasons, stated that the commercial driver drove against the flow of traffic.

She said, “The accident caused gridlock, I had to trek. It’s a three-lane road; those going to Cele take the third lane. The commercial bus took a one-way route, so it faced the truck and two SUVs that were coming ahead.JAMB portal

“The truck driver was trying to link the road leading to Ago Palace Way, but the road is bad, so in trying to manoeuvre, the container fell on the commercial bus and badly damaged the two SUVs.

“No one was injured in the SUVs and the passengers on the bus came out unhurt; the driver of the bus was stuck under the container.

“Sympathisers called some workers to pull him out but the container fell again with more impact, killing the driver. When the container first fell, the driver was still alive and was crying, but it was the impact of the container falling deeper that killed him. They had to cover him with one of those black bags; there was much blood on the road.NYSC portal

“The roads were being fixed and vehicles weren’t supposed to pass there. It was an unfortunate incident.”

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Taofeek Adebayo, who confirmed the incident, said the passengers suffered varying degrees of injury.

He said, “The driver died immediately while several passengers suffered varying degrees of injury. Immediately the accident happened, we never knew how the family of the driver got to know but they didn’t let the police take his corpse. They took the corpse away. Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Ambulance Service were on ground; they took care of those who sustained injuries and took them to a nearby government hospital.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Only one person died. The family of the person who died took the corpse for burial.”

The police official stated that the truck driver fled the scene of the accident and promised that he would be apprehended shortly.JAMB Result

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