Three survive container accident in Lagos
Four truck drivers nabbed, as FRSC moves to check accidents
It was a miraculous escape for three occupants of a Toyota Corolla saloon car when a 40ft container, slipped from a truck, and fell on a vehicle in Ojuelegba inward Stadium on Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lagos.
The incident, which happened on Sunday night, less than nine months after a container fell on a commercial bus, and killed nine persons. Traffic Officer, Olajide Olukoga, led Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Police and other emergency responders to prevent loss of lives.
LASTMA rescue operations at the scene of the accident confirmed that the 40ft container fell on top of the car with the registration JJJ 811 FB. He confirmed further that out of the three, only one (male) came out unhurt, and was allowed to go immediately.
LASTMA Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Adebayo Taofiq, said: “The remaining two rescued (an adult male and a female) were rushed to hospital for treatment.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it is exploring several channels to curtail accidents in Lagos, especially truck accidents as there are rules obstructed by drivers of the trucks.
Speaking with The Guardian, Lagos Sector Commander, FRSC, Babatunde Farinloye, said the corps have been carrying out checks but have not yielded the required dividends because of the attitude of the operators.
He advised the motoring public to avoid road insanity and glitch, change their wrong attitude to traffic managers, try to avoid drunk driving, and avoid distracted driving.
Also, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has arrested four truck drivers for destroying the high restriction barriers installed in Ojuelegba and Surulere Bridges.
Spokesperson for the ministry, Bolanle Ogunlola, said: “To forestall incessant fall of trucks in that area, we installed high restriction barriers from Ojuelegba to Surulere. These measures are also to stop the trucks from climbing the bridges, but immediately they were installed, the trucks started running through them and damaging them.
“We have done replacement twice since they were installed and we also have officials from LASTMA to monitor them and there is a layby by the side where they can easily link up to the other road by the side of the bridge but the truck drivers will rather climb the bridge.”
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