A male traffic hawker on Kara Bridge, Lagos was reported dead after a fully loaded truck rammed into him along with other vehicles on the bridge on Thursday, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) has said.
The agency in a statement by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department LASTMA Taofiq Adebayo said the accident which involved five other vehicles occurred around 7 am Thursday saying rescuing operations were quickly deployed to the scene as many injured victims were rescued and taken to hospital for proper treatment.
He said; “operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today rescued 2 major multiple accident victims and several others on ‘Kara’ bridge outward Lagos.
“The multiple accidents which occurred around 7 am today involved a fully loaded 40fts containerised truck with 5 other private vehicles.”
“A male hawker selling died instantly during the accident.”
“The corpse of the dead hawker and several others rescued by Lastma personnel were handed over to medical personnel on ground at the scene of the accident.”
Preliminary investigation revealed that the fully loaded 40fts containerised truck developed a brake failure and crushed 4 other private vehicles (Passat Jeep AGL 323 GK), (A Camry MUS 270 HE), (Black colour Lexus Jeep) and (Black Prado Jeep) including a Hiace 18-seater commercial bus with passengers.
The Head of Lastma (Zebra) around Ojodu- Berger Mr. Mabunmi Oluwa-biyi Abisola who led the LASTMA rescue team confirmed that the truck with 4 other accidented private vehicles involved in the fatal accident were immediately removed from ‘Kara’ bridge to pave ways for free flow of traffic to other road users.
He disclosed that emergency responders at the scene of the accident include the Nigerian Police, Trace Officials, and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).