Black Friday: A 40-foot container has crushed 2 women in Lagos

Black Friday: A 40-foot container has crushed 2 women in Lagos

Two unidentified women have been crushed to death by a container that fell from a truck at the Odo-Olowu bus stop, Ijesha, along the Oshodi-Apapa highway, on Friday night.

The incident occurred around 10.45 p.m on Friday, as was learned. The crushed bodies were taken to a morgue by Rescuers.

The incident has been confirmed by the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu.

According to the learned information, the truck loaded with an empty 40-foot container suddenly suffered a brake failure and collided with a stopped commercial truck, while the container fell off the truck.

The driver of the unfortunate truck is alive but injured and was rescued by LASEMA personnel, who took the injured man to a hospital.

Dr. Femi said: “Unfortunately, two adult women lost their lives and their remains have been transported by the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU, to the morgue.”

Three weeks ago, a similar tragedy occurred, when a truck with number plates SGM 715 XA loaded with a 20-foot container fell on a commercial bus stationed at Ilasamaja beneath the bridge, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. Two people died with others injured in the process.

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An eyewitness reported that the accident occurred when the bus was discharging some of its passengers at the bus stop and that one male and one female died.

In 2017, Nigerians bemoaned the menace of container-laden trucks, and accused law enforcement agencies of aiding drivers’ lawlessness

For Lagos residents, the early-morning tragic event of Saturday, July 8, 2017, will not be forgotten in a hurry.

It was the day the people were woken up to the gory sight of mangled bodies trapped underneath the crushing weight of a container-laden truck.

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The victims of the accident, Pastor Charles Ezechila, his two children, Chibuike and Peculiar, his neighbour’s child, Daniel, and two church workers were returning from the monthly Holy Ghost Service at the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The deceased and the two lucky survivors of the accident, Olasunkanmi Adeogun, and another identified as Ifeanyi, were all members of the Redeemed Christian of God (RCCG), Province 8.

According to reports, the articulated truck with number plate, AKD 663 KF, conveying a 40-feet container filled with plywood, fell on the Volkswagen commercial bus, marked FST 944 XR, in which the returning congregants were riding, killing five out of the occupants instantly.

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The incident happened at Ojota Bus Stop.

Three others that were seriously injured were rushed to the hospital by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

The accident, it was gathered, occurred after two tyres of the articulated truck lost pressure, forcing the vehicle to tilt heavily before falling on the bus.

It was reported that a container had also crushed a man and three children to death at the same spot two days earlier.

With the condition of roads and unregulated traffic, Lagos seems to be a hub for deaths ensuing from container falls.

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