No fewer than nine people have been crushed to death after a truck carrying a container fell on a commercial bus at Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos State.
KanyiDaily had reported how the bus was picking up passengers on Sunday afternoon along the Ojuelegba Bridge when a truck conveying a 20ft container lost control and fell over the side of the bridge, landing on top of the fully loaded minibus, with number plate KTU921YG.
The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASTMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said an adult female was rescued alive and taken to a trauma centre.
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, noted that nine people lost their lives in the tragic accident including four adult males, three adult females, a girl child, and a boy child.
He said, “Upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20-foot container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus. Further investigations revealed that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.
“After suspending the container load with the aid of the agency’s forklift and cutting off the top of the bus with light rescue equipment, a single adult woman was extricated alive and taken to the trauma centre.
“Final casualty count is nine fatalities comprising four adult males, three adult females, a boy child, and a girl child. One adult female was rescued alive.
“The agency’s heavy-duty Goliath and teams from Onipan and Cappa are on ground. The agency’s ambulance, LASG fire, federal fire, LASTMA, and the Nigeria Police have been working on this situation, which is now concluded.”
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofiq, said officials of the agency rescued the survivor and handed her over to emergency responders.
KanyiDaily had also reported how another container fell on two cars in the Apapa area of Lagos state.