One Dead as Truck Falls Again in Lagos


Chiemelie Ezeobi

A motor boy attached to a heavy-duty truck conveying a container which was laden with goods, was on Thursday crushed to death when the truck with registration number GGE 756 XK fell at Onipanu Bus Stop along Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

Although it wasn’t actually the truck that crushed its motor attendant, THISDAY gathered that it was a Toyota Camry with registration number BDG 981 DP that was coming behind it that rammed into the truck, killing the boy in the process.

Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Kehinde Adebayo, said both drivers of the Toyota Camry and the truck escaped unhurt.

Adebayo, who spoke on behalf of LASEMA General Manager, Michael Akindele, said proper investigation would be conducted into the incident.

While advising motorists to adhere to all traffic rules and regulations to avoid incidents such as this, he said the agency mobilised to the scene immediately it got the alert .

He said, “The agency received an alert via the emergency number 112/767 regarding a fallen container truck with registration number GGE 756 XK on ikorodu road, Onipanu bus stop inward Palm Grove .

“This prompted the immediate response of the Agency’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) to the scene of the incident, according to information gathered at the scene of the accident, it was revealed that the container driver lost control and tumbled.

“It ended up blocking the entire expressway, while the Toyota Camry with registration number BDG 981 DP coming behind rammed into the truck killing the suspected truck motor boy (male adult), while the driver of the Toyota Camry escaped without any injury.

“The trapped dead body was extricated by the LASEMA Response Team and has been taken by officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) to the Mainland Hospital Mortuary.

“Also, the agency’s heavy duty truck was used to evacuate the accidented vehicles off the road to allow free flow of vehicular movement.