- A truck loaded with rods veers into a crowd of traders at the Toll Gate end of the Lagos-Abeokuta highway
- The accident results in the death of some traders and passengers while vehicles are destroyed
- Some witnesses at the scene call on security agencies to clear the area of illegal commercial activities
It was a mixture of tears and confusion in the evening of Tuesday, January 29, as a fully loaded truck veered off the very busy Toll Gate end of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway killing many and destroying vehicles and wears.
Most of those killed in the accident were traders who sell their products and wares along the highway while many of the vehicles destroyed included commercial buses, motorcycles and private cars.
The actual figure of the casualties could not be ascertained as rescue efforts were on at the time of this report.
Legit.ng learnt that the truck loaded with rods and coming from the Sango, Ogun state end of the highway, lost its brakes and meandered into the crowd of traders.
A witness at the scene of the accident told Legit.ng that an old man who attempted to halt the vehicle by placing a wedge under it was the first casualty. He died in the process.
When Legit.ng arrived the scene, rescue efforts by well-meaning individuals and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was ongoing while a commercial bus which was mangled had two victims still trapped inside.
An injured motorcycle rider was one of the lucky victims brought out from under the ill-fated truck and rushed to the hospital.
A trader who revealed that she escaped death in the accident, said she had just decided to close for the day when the accident happened.
“I was pulled out from under the truck. I had closed for the day but I hesitated and just sat by my table. Suddenly, I heard screams but before I could lift my head, I was under the truck. I can’t even imagine how I successfully came out," she said.
A bus conductor, who could not hide his emotion, explained that he was just telling the driver of the commercial bus he works with that he would be going home when suddenly the truck hit the vehicle flinging him out.
“The driver wanted us to go another trip and I was telling him I was tired and wanted to go home. Suddenly I heard a big bang on the bus and the impact flung me through the door,” he said.
Officials of the FRSC at the scene said they could not give details as they were still busy.
“Rescue efforts are still going on. Some casualties have been recorded while many other injured have been rushed to the general hospital for medical attention,” one of the officials said before jumping into the ambulance taking a batch of the victims for treatment.
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The Toll Gate area of Lagos-Abeokuta had witnessed series of accidents with many calling on security agencies to help clear the illegal trading activities in the area as well as the recklessness of commercial drivers many of who park indiscriminately and stop at the middle of the road to pick passengers.
Legit.ng earlier reported how a family was left in mourning after one of their own passed away in a tragic car accident. The deceased identified as Bernice Owutuamor was reportedly killed in a fatal accident in Bayelsa state.
The lady who is a 300 level student had been knocked down by a hit and run driver on the road. She had reportedly died even before she could be rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment.
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