Tragedy struck on Sunday in Lagos as container laden truck fell on mini bus, popularly called Korope, killing nine people and left one injured.
While giving situation report on the truck accident at Ojuelegba Bridge, opposite federal fire station on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus.
He said “further investigations revealed that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.
“After suspending the container load with the aid of the agency’s forklift and cutting off the top of the bus with light rescue equipment, a single adult woman was extricated alive and taken to the trauma centre.
“Final casualty count is 9 fatalities, comprising 4 adult males, 3 adult females, 1 boy child and 1 girl child. and 1 adult female rescued alive.
“The Agency’s heavy duty Goliath and teams from Onipanu and Cappa are on ground. The Agency’s Ambulance, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, LASTMA and Nigeria Police have been working on this situation which is now concluded.
“Further investigation to be carried out by the Nigeria Police on the removal of the barriers on the bridge aimed at preventing trucks from ascending”.