Tragedy struck at the popular Agric Bus Stop in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State very early on Monday morning as a container fell off an articulated vehicle and landed on car and three motorcycles, crushing two people to death and injuring a number of others.
The exact cause of the accident is yet to be established but according to witnesses, a truck, with a 20ft container fully loaded with unknown items with registration number LSD-611XU, was on top speed, had a break failure, lost control and subsequently fell on the Toyota Camry with registration number FKJ-732FS and the motorcycles.
The accident caused confusion as sympathizers and other road users ran helter-skelter, seeking means to assist the trapped victims who were among the early risers leaving their homes very early in the morning in order to circumvent the perennial traffic gridlock in the area.
The General Manger, Lagos State Emergency management Agency, Dr Oluefemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the accident, said the dead had been taken to the mortuary while the injured were initially treated by LASAMBUS before they were moved to Ikorodu General Hospital.
Osanyintolu said that items recovered from the container and the car and motorcycles have been bagged and handed over to the Police at Owutu Operation.
His words: “The two bodies of the male victims have been taken to the mortuary while the injured, who were initially treated by LASAMBUS, have been moved to the Ikorodu General Hospital for further treatment. However, the commodities recovered from the container have been bagged and handed over to the Police at Owutu Operation.”