Nine Die, One Rescues in Ojuelegba Truck Accident
Four adult males, three adult females, one boy child and one girl child lost their lives in the Ojuelegba truck accident, while one adult female was rescued alive on Sunday, January 29, 2023.
The truck conveying a 20ft container landed on a commercial bus.
Permanent Secretary (PS), of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said investigations revealed that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.
“After suspending the container load with the aid of the Agency’s forklift and cutting off the top of the bus with light rescue equipment, a single adult woman was extricated alive and taken to the trauma centre.
“Final casualty count is 9 fatalities comprising 4 adult males, 3 adult females, one boy child and one girl child. One adult female was rescued alive.
The Agency’s heavy-duty Goliath and teams from Onipan and Cappa are on the ground. The Agency’s Ambulance, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service (LSFRS), Federal Fire Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and Nigeria Police have been working on this situation which is now concluded.
Further investigation is to be carried out by the Nigeria Police on the removal of the barriers on the bridge aimed at preventing trucks from ascending.