A truck with an empty 40-feet container has reportedly killed two persons in an accident at Ijesha area of Lagos.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday.
He disclosed that the LASEMA management received a distress call via its emergency toll-free line at about 9:44 PM on Friday and initiated a response team to the incident scene at Odo Olowu bus-stop at Ijesha.
On arrival at the scene, he said it was discovered that a truck loaded with an empty 40-feet container, which had brake failure, had rammed into a stationary commercial truck and subsequently fell down.
He stated that the truck driver was rescued by the agency’s responders and taken to the nearest hospital by LASEMA Response Unit Ambulance Service.
Oke-Osanyintolu said two adult females, however, died and their remains had been taken to the mortuary.
This is as the Lagos State Government has taken the driver and owner of a container-laden truck to court, over the death of Ms Chidinma Ajoku, 27, and Chima Nnaekpe, 29.
Ms Chidinma and her colleague, Nnaekpe, who both worked in the Commercial Department, Hajj & Cargo Terminal at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria died on July 26, 2020, when a truck with number plate SGM 715 XA loaded with a 20ft container fell on a commercial bus they were on.
They were both returning from work and their danfo had stopped briefly to discharge some passengers at the Isolo area when tragedy struck. The remains of the two had since been buried.
Chidinma’s mother, Mrs Chineze Ajoku, had vowed to get justice for her daughter and her colleague.
Mrs Ajoku, in a very touching video that went viral, decried the activities of container-laden trucks in the state while calling on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to check their operations and put in place necessary regulations to secure the lives of road users.