Woman escapes death as truck crashes at Toyota bus-stop
Barely three days after some stone base and muddy sand were dropped to temporarily fix the craters at Toyota bus-stop on Oshodi-Apapa expressway, a container-laden truck conveying used engines yesterday fell at the bad spot on the service lane leading to the Ladipo auto spare-parts market, Lagos.
According to eyewitnesses, the pothole was filled with sand on Saturday and had become swampy due to the rain that fell at the weekend. While the truck driver was trying to avoid a pothole, one of its tyres got stuck in the ditch and made pour its contents on the floor as it fell on its side. Incidentally, no one was injured in the accident.
A trader, Mr. Nnemeka Eleke, pleaded with the state government to urgently fix the road before it leads to a major accident. He said: “Lagos state should please do something fast before people start dying on this road. What happened today would have been terrible if people were close to the truck at the time it fell.”
“The governor was here three months ago and he promised to fix this road. We hope he acts on time, because we have been complaining about it for a long while. All the temporal measures hav only made the road worse,” Mr. Kingsley Onyeagu, another trader, said.
Meanwhile, a woman was yesterday knocked down by a car on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway while trying to cross the busy highway. The victim ran into the speeding vehicle coming out from Isolo, which was trying to link the service lane to Oshodi. The driver of the vehicle stopped but refused to carry the woman for urgent medical attention until some protest and harassment by the Ladipo market boys.
A passerby, Mr. Onyekachi Adiele, who witnessed the incident, said: “The victim seems not to be in her right sense of mind and wasn’t watchful before crossing the road. ”
A trader at Ladipo market, Chime Onyeagbu, who was trying to board a bus at the time of the accident, lamented the loss of lives at the Toyota bus-stop owing to the absence of a pedestrian bridge. “This is not the first time people are getting killed on this road. The government should build a pedestrian bridge here. The one at Five Star bus-stop is too far, that is why people cross the road, instead of using that bridge.”
Others blamed the victim for shunning the bridge which is some 500 meters away.
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