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Friday, July 27, 2012

Falling container crushes pedestrian in Ogun

A female pedestrian was crushed on Thursday morning at Kara Bus Stop, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by a container after it fell from a moving trailer.
The trailer was heading out of Lagos around 7am when it lost one of its tyres, making the driver to lose control of the truck momentarily.
Witnesses said that as he struggled to regain control of the truck, it tipped over to its right side.
As the truck fell, it landed on the woman, who was walking beside the road, in search of a commercial bus to her destination.
The unidentified woman was said to have died instantly while a gridlock formed on the outbound Lagos side of the busy expressway.
The traffic snarl lingered for hours as it stretched down to the Ojota end of Ikorodu Road.
Traffic officials moved to the scene and were able to lift the truck and its container with a crane back on the trailer’s tyres.

A first Information Report prepared by the Federal Road Safety Corps said the accident occurred at 6:55am and involved a red Mack truck with plate number XZ 637 EPE; a white Mack truck with plate number XV 500 KRD; and a white Mazda bus with registration number BWR 856 XA.
According to the report, five men and one woman were affected in the crash. It noted that the woman died while the men escaped unhurt.
The woman’s corpse was taken to Bemil Mortuary, Ojodu, Lagos by an FRSC ambulance marked RS857A01.
Meanwhile, two pedestrians were hit by a car on Berger end of the same expressway around 7pm while they were trying to cross.
One of our correspondents, who visited the scene, reported that although the young man and woman did not die, they sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Some policemen on patrol quickly rushed to the scene and took the victims away.
Pedestrians have been complaining about the absence of a pedestrian bridge on the busy expressway for some time.
The Punch

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