Container falls off truck, crushes two

Container falls off truck, crushes two
The fallen container

A 40-foot container fell off the truck conveying it on Wednesday, crushing two unidentified men in Mowe close to a car park of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

According to eyewitnesses, the crash occurred around 1.30pm on Wednesday. It was reportedly caused by excessive speeding, which led to a loss of control of the truck by the driver.

Police officers immediately intervened to prevent the driver of the truck from being lynched by an angry mob that immediately formed at the accident scene. 

The truck, an IVECO model articulated vehicle, was marked Lagos APP 109 XQ.

Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the driver of the truck has been arrested and was in police custody.

“The truck lost control and fell on the commercial motorcyclist and the passenger he was carrying, killing both men on the spot.

“Their bodies have been deposited at Fakoya Morgue in Sagamu while the crushed motorcycle, truck and driver are in the custody of the RCCG Police Command.

“TRACE is again using this opportunity to plead with drivers of articulated vehicles to avoid excessive speeding.

“They should always carry out proper maintenance on their vehicles before embarking on any journey because of the attendant consequences,” he said.   

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