A container fell from a truck early Thursday morning along Ikorodu road, inward Onipan, Shomolu Local Government Area of Lagos.
The incident caused a heavy traffic gridlock in the area. As at press time, officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) were at the scene trying to clear the road. Reports said a man was killed in a motor accident along Ikorodu road, as a result of the incident.
The crash occurred at Onipanu bus stop inward Palmgroove at about 5:30 a.m. The trailer driver lost control and tumbled blocking the entire expressway while a Toyota Camry rammed into the truck from behind killing the man suspected to be a “motor boy”, a Lagos State Emergency Management Agency officer said.
“His trapped dead body was extricated by the LASEMA Response Team and has been taken by officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) to the Mainland Hospital Mortuary.
The Agency’s heavy duty truck was said to be used to evacuate the vehicles off the road to allow free flow of traffic.
The General Manager LASEMA Mr. Michael Akindele said proper investigation would be conducted on the incident and pleaded with motorists to follow strictly all traffic rules and regulations to avoid incident such as this.
The falling of containers from trucks has been a major concern to the authorities. Reports by newspapers showed that last year september, a heavy duty container yesterday skided off the Ojuelegba Bridge in Lagos, landing on a Nissan saloon car and a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV and killing three people in the process. An occupant in the Nissan car was dragged out dead when the container was finally lifted off the vehicles and that was very late.. The incident, which occurred at about 4.45pm, reportedly caused a stampede as motorists plying the ever busy route abandoned their vehicles and fled. This also resulted in a multiple accidents, with fleeing motorists and commuters sustaining varying degrees of injuries in the process. There were different accounts as to how the incident occurred. A version said the truck driver was trying to overtake another truck when the container skidded off. Another version said that the driver of the truck, who fled immediately the incident occurred, could have been drunk. A mammoth crowd besieged the scene as sympathisers attempted to rescue the trapped driver of the SUV from the debris of his car. There were other reported cases.
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