Less than a month after a container-laden truck killed one person on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, another fully loaded 20ft container that exited the Apapa port enroute a warehouse, has fell on a commercial bus (Danfo) killing nine persons at Ojuelegba Bus-Stop in Lagos on Sunday.
In a press statement by the permanent secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency ( LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, he said one person was rescued alive.
According to him, the bus was picking passengers when the truck lost control and fell on top of the commercial bus, killing six adult and two children.
Container-laden truck falls
Oke-Osanyintolu said, “upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft 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.
“A total of 8 fatalities were recovered comprising of 3 adult males, 3 adult females, a girl child and a boy child. The Agency’s heavy duty Goliath and teams from Onipanu and Cappa are on ground. The Agency’s Ambulance, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, LASTMA and Nigeria Police have been working on this situation which is now concluded,” he stated.
The LASEMA boss, however, disclosed that that further investigation would be carried out by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on the removal of the barriers on the bridge aimed at preventing trucks from ascending the bridge.