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One dies, another injured in Lagos container accident

By Eniola Daniel
13 May 2022   |   4:09 am
An adult male was, late Wednesday night, crushed to death by a fallen 40ft container at Costain Roundabout, Lagos, while another adult female got injured in the incident.

LASEMA removing the 40-ft container off the road in Costain, Lagos yesterday

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An adult male was, late Wednesday night, crushed to death by a fallen 40ft container at Costain Roundabout, Lagos, while another adult female got injured in the incident.

According to eyewitnesses, the yet-to-be-identified victims were passing by, when the incident involving the 40ft container fell from the articulated vehicle on the man and injured the adult female who suffered a broken leg.

Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbo, said the agency activated the Lagos State Emergency Response (LSER) when the incident was reported via a distress call close to midnight through the Agency’s Emergency Toll-Free Line – 112, at about 11:43p.m.on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

According to him, LASEMA in an overnight operation, handed over the body to the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU), while the lady was taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yaba, but was rejected and later referred to Orthopaedic Hospital,  Igbobi, Lagos.

Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said: “Upon arrival at the incident scene, an articulated truck laden with a 40ft container was discovered to have fallen. Further investigations revealed that the truck had suffered brake failure while en route Costain roundabout and as a result, the container load fell off the back of the truck conveying it.

“Unfortunately, the container fell on an adult male and adult female. The adult male was totally crushed and immediately lost his life as a result of the trauma, while the adult female was extricated alive by the LRT through the deployment of the agency’s heavy-duty forklift. Thereafter, the Agency’s paramedics administered pre-hospital care before quickly conveying her to a nearby hospital.

“The deceased adult male body has been bagged and handed over to SEHMU for further action.

“The truck and its fallen container have been recovered off the road with aid of the agency’s heavy-duty forklift and placed on a nearby layby before being handed over to officers of the Nigeria Police at the incident scene.”

MEANWHILE, Lagos State Police Command, yesterday said, it has obtained CCTV footage at Mabila Hotel in Ikorodu, where gunmen attacked some officials of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and killed the gateman.

Spokesperson for the Command, Superintendent of Police (SP) Benjamin Hundeyin, told The Guardian, that CCTV footage of the hotel has been obtained and reviewed.

“Consequently, three staff members of the hotel have been brought in for questioning and investigation is ongoing.”