Driver escapes death as 40ft container crushes car in Lagos


An articulated truck conveying a 40ft container on Monday fell on a Toyota car along the Cement bus stop in the Dopemu area of Lagos State.

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It was gathered that the incident happened at about 4 pm on Monday.

There was, however, no casualty as no one was in the car when the accident happened.

The spokesperson of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Taofiq Adebayo, while confirming the incident said, it occurred as a result of brake failure.

He said, “The truck was moving inward Dopemu when its brake failed. The driver lost control in the process and later fell on a red Toyota Camry parked by the roadside. There was one in the car when it happened.”

Taofiq disclosed that the LASTMA General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, recently had a meeting with the association of truck drivers where he told them to put their vehicles in good shape before embarking on any journey.

On Tuesday last week, no fewer than three persons lost their lives while two others sustained injuries when a truck lost control at the Toll-Gate area on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Ahmed Umar, the Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, who confirmed the incident, explained that the accident, which occurred at about 7:35 p.m., involved six persons, two vehicles and two motorcycles.

He said a truck conveying bags of cement, was inbound Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway when it lost control due to brake failure and rammed into two vehicles and two bajaj motorcycles.

According to him, those that died were either traders or those waiting for buses.

“The accident led to the death of three persons while two others sustained various degrees of injuries and one person was unhurt.

“The corpses of the dead had been deposited at the morgue of General Hospital, Ifo, while the injured are receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Ota,” he said.

The Sector Commander had blamed the accident on excessive speeding.

Umar advised motorists to always desist from excessive speeding and ensure that their vehicles were in good condition before putting them on the roads to prevent avoidable crashes.