Nigeria: Death Toll in Lagos Bridge Accident Rises

Nigeria: Death Toll in Lagos Bridge Accident Rises
Nigeria: Death Toll in Lagos Bridge Accident Rises

One more person was recovered dead at the scene yesterday where a
containerized truck fell on four vehicles at Ojuelegba on Tuesday
night, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said.
This recovery brought to three the number of persons killed in the
accident that occurred at about 8:30p.m. A truck with unknown
registration number laden with wooden sheets tilted while negotiating
the curved part of the bridge, causing the container to fall on three
commercial buses and a saloon car down the bridge, leaving many others
injured. According to LASEMA’s General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, the
prompt response by emergency and security agents saved two trapped
victims as they were extracted from the crushed vehicles. He said:
“Two trapped victims were extracted with the aid of the agency’s light
rescue equipment and immediately taken to the hospital by the
officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service for further medical
treatment but unfortunately three male adults were confirmed dead.
“The agency and other responders ensured that all the wooden sheets
and accidented vehicles were cleared off the road to avoid any
secondary incident and free flow of traffic around the axis. Proper
investigation would be conducted on the incident. “Heavy-duty drivers
should ensure that their vehicles are in good conditions and that
loaded goods are properly secured to the flat bed before embarking on
any journey. Overloading of trucks should also be discouraged as it
oftentimes lead to fatal accidents on the highway,” he said.
Yesterday, traders and transporters at the Ojuelegba park renewed
their call on the Lagos State government to restrict the movement of
trucks on the bridge to prevent a recurrence of the tripping trucks
from the bridge.

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