Forty-eight hours after a 40-foot container truck fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge along Funsho Williams Avenue , Lagos State, killing three persons, another incident had also occurred along the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway, on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no life was lost in this latest incident which occurred at Winners Bus Stop, located between Lagos State Polytechnic and Jubilee Estate in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The truck with a Lagos licence number plate , JJJ-933 XA, was said to be ascending a hill en-route Lagos road, Ikorodu, when it lost control and fell on its side.
It fell across the entire breadth of the dual carriage way and prevented other vehicles from using the major road.
An eyewitness, simply identified as Kabiru, who lives few meters away from the scene, told NAN that “the accident happened at about 2.30 am on Friday.
“We heard a loud noise and when we came to the scene, we saw that it was a container truck that had fallen.
“We didn’t see the driver of the truck by the time we arrived.”
A resident of the area, Mrs Chioma Amadi said, “This sort of accident used to happen here, and on some occasion lives are lost.
“A similar fatal accident happened here about four years ago which claimed the life of a polytechnic lecturer’s pregnant wife.
“But the government has failed to address our plight.”
Another resident and a business woman, Mrs Folashade Aina, said cases of fallen articulated vehicles were a regular occurrence on the road.
She attributed this to reckless driving, the rickety trucks used by some of the truck owners and the deplorable state of the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway.
Meanwhile, many passengers who had hitherto boarded other vehicles either abandoned them or boarded commercial motorcycles.
On their part, commercial motorcyclists who plied the route took advantage of the situation to hike fares.
For instance, the fare on a trip between Odogunyan Bus-Stop and Garage Roundabout on the Lagos Road, in Ikorodu, which normally goes for N150 has now risen to between N200 and N250.
NAN reports that the 40-foot truck had yet to be removed as of the time of filing this report.
An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, who did not want to be named, said, “this is going to be a major exercise.