Following the auto accident involving a loaded container truck that fell off the popular Ojuelegba bridge, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, yesterday, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, two persons have been confirmed dead.
According to the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, two other persons were also injured in the incident.
The incident occurred when a truck loaded with boards and plywood tilted on the Ojuelegba Bridge leaving motorists and other roads users scampering for safety.
Three commercial buses and a car belonging to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital were trapped under the plywood.
Commenting on the accident, Tiamiyu said; “A flat bed truck laden with plywood and finished boards tilted on top of Ojuelegba bridge and fell on three commercial buses and a Toyota Corolla Camry.
“Unfortunately, two people died while two other people sustained injuries but what we are doing now is recovery.”
He noted that all affected vehicles have been moved off the area saying: “We have removed the vehicles from the road and we have also taken the trucks off the bridge. We are now trying to clear the remnants of the plywood at Ojuelegba under-bridge and the top of the bridge.”
On the cause of the accident, he said: “That vehicle was definitely overloaded and that was what I think caused the accident.”
He, however, urged commercial drivers to park at designated bus-stops and to stop parking indiscriminately in the area.
“If the buses were not parked indiscriminately, the accident would not claim lives. Commercial drivers should not turn Ojuelegba into a bus-stop. Let’s have free drive under Ojuelegba Bridge,” he said.
Recall that similar accidents have occurred at the Ojuelegba Bridge in the past. In September 2015, a moving trailer fell off the bridge crushing two vehicles claiming lives of residents with several others injured.