Tragedy struck in Lagos State as nine people were crushed to death after a truck conveying 20 feet container fell on a commercial bus picking passengers along the road in Ojuelegba area of the state.
Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus.
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“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,” he said.
He said further investigations revealed that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.
Oke-Osanyintolu disclosed that nine people lost their lives in the accident, which he said included four adult male, three adult female, one boy and a girl child.
He said the Agency’s heavy duty Goliath and teams from Onipan and Cappa were on ground.
“The Agency’s Ambulance, LASG Fire, Federal Fire, LASTMA and the Nigeria police have been working on this situation which is now concluded.
“Further investigation is to be carried out by the Nigeria police on the removal of the barriers on the bridge aimed at preventing trucks from ascending,” he said.
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