No less than three persons were killed while two others injured on Tuesday night when a truck fell off Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos, crushing a Toyota Camry and three commercial buses.
The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed this to newsmen last night.
He made the disclosure after a truck with an unknown registration number, conveying a huge load of plywood, swerved and poured its contents down the bridge.
The LASEMA boss also clarified that the truck did not fall off the bridge as reported earlier and that four other vehicles were involved in the accident.
He said, “As we are; three people died, two people injured. Initially, two people died and after some time, one more person among those who are initially injured eventually died.”
“We got a call at about 8:25 pm from the call system that a truck fell of the bridge in Ojuelegba but when we got here, we discovered that a truck actually did not fall off the bridge but content at the back of the truck which are mainly plywood.
“Obviously overloaded and when it got to the bridge, it tilted and half of the content fell off the bridge and landed on top of four other vehicles – three yellow danfo (commercial) buses and a Toyota Corolla car.”
He stressed further that the bridge was consequently shut down and vehicles were diverted to enable officials of LASEMA and other emergency agencies to clear off the bridge to prevent a secondary incident.
The accident was a repeat of a September 2, 2015 accident in which not less three persons were killed after an unlatched container fell off a truck on the same bridge, crushing an SUV in which was travelling.
Relatives of three members of the family that died in that accident are currently in court seeking a N10-billion compensation.