A nine-month-old baby was crushed to death while three other persons were severely injured after a truck rammed into three vehicles at Agric bus stop, Ikorodu area of Lagos state on Friday night.
The Guardian reports that the accident took place at the bus-stop, an always rowdy vicinity due to the activities of traders and hawkers milling around the major gateway in and out of Ikorodu.
It was gathered that the brake of the truck failed and collided with three other vehicles in the multiple accidents.
While the occupants of the vehicles – a Honda Odyssey, Honda CRV and Toyota Forerunner – were fortunate to get quick response from emergency responders, who were on ground to wedge the out-of-control truck with a huge stone, before rescuing them, efforts to save the baby proved abortive.
The officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and the police that were on ground all confirmed the accident and said that the victims were immediately rushed to an undisclosed private hospital.
An eyewitness who pleaded not to be mentioned, said that traders and other commuters had to scamper to safety when the accident occurred.
“It was a terrible sight. We were all selling our wares here. Suddenly, we saw this truck coming from Ikorodu garage hitting three cars and swerving towards our direction. Thank God policemen around found a stone to stop it, if not it would have overran the market and killed many people.”