By Ogbolu George with agency report
Five people reportedly died in a ghastly accident that occurred on Saturday morning at Ojota area of Lagos state when a truck carrying two 20ft containers fell on a commercial bus with registration number FST 944 XR.
Speaking with NAN, Adesina Jamiu, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said that three other passengers were rescued.
”The incident happened at about 4:45 a.m. We got the information about eight minutes later we immediately moved down.
”We activated all primary rescue respondents,
”We brought out one female and two males alive. Unfortunately, five others, a boy of about 10 years, a woman and three men were brought out dead after using crane to lift the containers.
”The dead bodies were taken to Ikorodu General Hospital, while those alive were taken to Lagos State Emergency unit at old Toll Gate Alausa.
”The truck with Reg. No. AKD 663 XF and the bus will be taken to LASTMA yard at Oshodi,” he said.
Jamiu, however, blamed the accident on over-loading and bad conditions of the truck, stressing that the two 20ft containers were too heavy for the old truck to carry.
Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, while confirming the incidents, said that investigation had already begun, adding that the police are on the trail of the truck driver.
It took the personnel from the police, LASEMA, FRSC and Rapid Response Service about five hours to remove the truck and containers from the road.