There was pandemonium early Saturday morning at the Ojota area of Lagos as an articulated truck with registration number AKD 663 KF conveying a 40 feet container laden with plywood fell on a Volkswagen commercial bus (Danfo) with registration number FST 944 XR.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that five of the passengers in the bus died on the spot while three others sustained different degree of injuries.
The copses have since been deposited at the Ikorodu General Hospital Mortuary, while the injured were taken to a trauma centre at toll gate.
According to the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu whose agency were alerted as soon as the incident happened, the accident happened at around 4:02 am on Saturday (today) at Ojota bus stop.
The GM quickly alerted the Emergency Response Team, ERT of the agency who rushed to the scene of the accident.
In his words: “Investigation carried out by the Emergency Response Team, ERT, at the scene of the incident revealed that an articulated truck with registration number AKD 663 KF conveying a 40ft container laden with plywood fell on a Volkswagen commercial bus (Danfo) with registration number FST 944 XR”
Tiamiyu noted that it took the combined efforts of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, Commander of Rapid Response Squad, Tunji Disu and officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA; Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS; Lagos State Fire Service; Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC to rescue the victims and restore calmness to the area.
The GM however advised articulated truck drivers and owners to exercise caution and avoid over loading to avoid such fatal accident in the nearest and distant future.