Woman crushed to death as container-laden truck falls in Lagos

Accident scene

A yet to be identified woman was on Saturday killed by a 40ft container-laden articulated vehicle which fell down in Ogudu area of Lagos.

The accident which happened at Ogudu under bridge inward Ojota, involving a lone vehicle – a Mack truck loaded with 2 x 20ft containers also injured two people.

It was gathered that the accident occurred immediately the articulated truck with an unknown registration number lost control while driving at top speed.

And subsequently fell on its side, trapping three persons in the truck in the process.

Confirming the accident, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said the accident which involved a 40ft container-laden articulated vehicle had claimed one life while two people sustained injuries in Ogudu, Lagos.

According to him, on arrival at the scene at Ogudu “under bridge” inward Ojota, it was observed that there was a lone vehicle – a Mack truck loaded with 2 x 20ft containers.

“Further investigation revealed that the aforementioned articulated truck with an unknown registration number lost control while driving at top speed.

“It subsequently fell on its side and trapped three persons in the truck.

“The LASEMA responders sprang into action by extricating the victims with the aid of light rescue equipment.

“Two adult males were rescued, while an adult female, unfortunately, lost her life.

“The two casualties were taken to the nearest Trauma Centre for medical care. The remains of the deceased are being transported to the nearby morgue for processing,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The truck had been recovered by LASEMA’s equipment ‘Goliath’ (a Kalmar Forklift that can carry up to 45 tonnes of metal), while other agencies managed the resultant traffic delays.

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