A woman lost her life on Saturday when a container-laden truck crashed under the bridge in Ogudu, inbound Ojota area of Lagos State.
The container on the truck was said to have fallen off and trapped three victims, including the woman who reportedly died on the spot.
It was learnt that two men were rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment by officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), while the remains of the woman were evacuated and deposited in a morgue.
The Director-General of LASEMA, OluwafemI Oke-Osanyintolu, attributed the cause of the accident to excessive speed by the truck driver.
He said, “On arrival at the scene, it was observed that there was a lone vehicle – a Mack truck loaded with two 20feet containers. Further investigation revealed that the aforementioned truck with an unknown number plate, lost control while driving on top speed. It subsequently fell on its side and trapped three persons in the truck.
“The LASEMA responders sprung into action by extricating the victims with the aid of light rescue equipment. Two adult males were rescued, while an adult female, unfortunately, lost her life. The two casualties were taken to the nearest trauma centre for medical care, while the remains of the deceased were transported to the nearby morgue for processing.
“The containers are presently being recovered by the agency’s goliath, while other agencies manage the resultant gridlock.”