Three killed as container lands on vehicles in Ojuelegba, Lagos ….. VANGUARD

Ojuelegba.jpg.pagespeed.ic.WUazvye3ZuA heavy duty container yesterday skidded off the Ojuelegba bridge, in Lagos, landing on a  Nissan saloon car and a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV, killing three people in the process.

An occupant in the Nissan car was dragged out dead when the container was finally lifted off the vehicles by 9pm.

The incident, which occurred at  about  4.45pm, reportedly caused a stampede as motorists plying the ever busy route  abandoned their vehicles and fled.

This also resulted in a multiple accidents, with fleeing motorists and commuters sustaining varying degrees of injuries in the process.

There were different accounts as to how the incident occurred. A version said the truck driver was trying to overtake another truck when the  container skidded off. Another version said that the  driver of the truck, who fled immediately the incident occurred, could have been drunk.

A mammoth crowd besieged the scene as sympathisers attempted to rescue the trapped driver of the SUV  from the debris of his car. As at 7.20pm, efforts were still on by combined rescue teams to remove the container from the car.

 

Why the container fell off — FRSC   

While some eye witnesses claimed that the container could have fallen off because it was not latch, the Federal Road Safety Corps deduced otherwise.  The Lagos State Sector Commander, Mr Hyginus Omeje, when contacted stated that information at his disposal showed that the container was latch because it fell alongside the flat belt on which a container is  hooked.

According to him: If a container falls without the flat belt, then it means it was not latch and necessary action would be taken against its owner. But in this case, the container fell with the flat belt, indicating that it was latch.” The flat belt was severed from the head of the truck.

“There is an ongoing operation code named Operation Scorpion initiated from  the Corps ,  where we are on the the look out for unlatch container and its still ongoing he said”.

As at the time he spoke with Vanguard, Omesje said he was on his way to have an on-the-spot assessment of the damage.

Also, the  South West Spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed that only one person lost his life as against earlier  speculation that several lives were lost.

He said: “Only one person is at risk and that is the  driver of the SUV jeep on which the container landed “.

On his part, the Lagos State Fire Service Director, Rasaq Fadipe said  two fire trucks were deplored to the scene of the accident at Ojuelegba

 

1 Comment

  1. This reactive rather than proactive approach should stop. Fatalities arising from such incidents as this could be avoided if respective authorities take ownership of their responsibilities. Surely this truck was loaded at one of the ports. Having men of the FRSC at the ports to ensure all trucks leaving these ports are road worthy shouldn’t be difficult. A stitch in time saves nine

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