Lagos: Container crushes mini-bus driver, passenger

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The driver of a seven-seater Suzuki mini-bus known as Korope and a passenger were crushed to death on Friday night after a 40-ft container fell from a truck conveying carbonated drinks and landed on two vehicles on Lagos-Badagry Expressway inward Iyana Ishasi area of Okokomaiko in Lagos State.

This was just as the driver and passengers of another road accident at Oke AFA, a suburb of Lagos.

A statement by the spokesman for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, said a truck carrying iron ride broke down on one-way and obstructed oncoming vehicles.

Another truck carrying RC soft drinks also veerred to one-way and while trying to manoeuvre, the container fell on two mini-buses.

In the ensuing confusion, the driver of one of the buses and a passenger were killed on the spot while some others were injured.

Policemen and officials of LASEMA and the Lagos Neighbourhood Security Corps rushed to the scene to salvage the situation, according to Okunbor.

The full statement reads: “In a cross over operation while responding to distress call on road crash at Okokomaiko inward Iyana Isashi via the 767/112 Toll Free lines, LASEMA Response Team encountered and rescued a critically injured driver and several passengers on Friday close to midnight at Oke Afa, inward Ejigbo, before proceeding to its second operation at Okokomaiko.

That timely intervention at Oke Afa saved the lives of the trapped and seriously injured driver identified as Olasupo Adedeji resident of 1, Asenuga Street, Ile Iwe bus stop, Ikotun and those of his passengers as well.

The quick rescue operation was conducted when LRT discovered that the driver of a mini-bus had rammed his commercial vehicle into a parked trailer on top speed which left him trapped, with many passengers injured.

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Though headed to another incident that reportedly occurred at Okokomaiko, inward Iyana Isashi, also before midnight of Friday, the team conducted a quick rescue and recovery operation when it encountered the loaded commercial bus with registration number FKJ 941 XQ in a terrible state of distress.

The Agency’s light rescue equipment was quickly deployed to rescue the trapped and seriously injured driver from the mini-bus after the head-on collision with the parked trailer, loaded to capacity with iron rods, on top speed.

All the injured passengers with varying degrees of injuries, have since been treated, while the the trapped driver after extrication, was administered First Aid treatment, and quickly taken to the Trauma Centre for further medical attention by LRU Paramedics who were responders with the LRT at the Incident scene.

The LRT after recovering the accident bus and trailer involved in the road crash, has since handed over same to Officers of Nigerian Police Force, Ejigbo Division before proceeding to its other assignment at Okoko inward Iyana Isashi along Badagry Expressway.

Preliminary Report on Road Accident at Oke Afa, inward Ejigbo.

“A fatal Accident between a trailer loaded with iron rodd and a Commercial mini-bus with registration number FKJ 941 XQ loaded with passengers was encountered by the LASEMA Response Team at Oke Afa inward Ejigbo, on its way to Okokomaiko at the above mentioned incident .

“Information gathered at the scene revealed that the trailer was parked by the side of the road while the commercial bus which was on a top speed rammed into the parked trailer.

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“Few passengers of the bus sustained different degrees of injuries, while the driver of the commercial bus was discovered trapped and badly injured.

“The Agency’s light rescue equipment was used to recover the trapped driver from the bus.

“The Agency’s Paramedics were on on-hand to administer first aid treatment to the victim.

“LRT and LRU Paramedics were responders at the incident scene.

“However, the accident bus and trailer has been handed over to officers of the Nigerian Police, Ejigbo Division”.

On arrival at its second destination, LASEMA Response Team recovered a driver and one passenger from a mini-bus with registration number SMK 343 YA trapped by a fallen 40ft container laden with RC orange drinks.

According to reports, a trailer with registration number AAA 95 XX conveying several rolls of metal iron broke down in middle of the road while traversing on one way, restricting movement of other road users along that axis.

The broken down trailer was attributed to leading another truck with registration number GDD 962 ZT conveying a 40ft container loaded with RC orange drinks to try maneuvering its way, which resulted in its fall on two 7-Passenger mini-buses with registration numbers SMK 343 YA and LSD 818 XX which were also trying to manouver their way through.

Some passengers in the mini buses were rescued alive with various degrees of injuries and were quickly taken to hospitals nearby.

Preliminary Report on Road Accident at Okoko inward Iyana Isashi along Badagry Expressway has it that, “Information gathered by LRT on getting to the scene of the incident revealed that a trailer with registration number AAA 95 XX carrying several rolls of iron while on one way, broke down at the middle of the road making it difficult for other road users along the axis to move freely.

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“Another truck with registration number GDD 962 ZT carrying a forty ft containar loaded with RC orange drinks, while trying to manouver its way, slipped off, fell and landed on two different 7 Passengers mini buses with registration numbers SMK 343 YA and LSD 818 XX respectively who are also trying to manouver their ways.

“Some passengers in the mini buses were rescued with several degree of injuries and were taken to the nearest hospital.

“Unfortunately, a driver and one passenger in the min-bus with registration number SMK 343 YA were trapped in the bus.

“The Agency’s light rescue equipment was used to recover the trapped victims that lost their lives in the incident.

“LRT, LNSC and Officers of Nigerian Police Force, Iyana Isashi Division were responders at the incident scene.

“Remains of the victims (driver and one passenger on the min-bus with registration number SMK 343 YA) were bagged and handed over to SEHMU Officials.

“While transloading of the items on the accident truck was ongoing, the broken down truck that caused the aforementioned accident was towed off the road to a Layby, which relieved traffic gridlock in that axis of Lagos State.

“Contents of the other containarised truck was also transloaded, and on completion, set the road free for vehicular activities.

“Operation concluded”.