A cart pusher was crushed to death after a container truck fully loaded with concrete stones fell on him in the Dopemu area of Lagos State on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Spokesperson of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Taofiq Adebayo, who confirmed the incident, said that the driver was speeding when he lost control of the truck and it fell on its side.
According to Adebayo, one of LASTMA officers in the zone said that a preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of the container lost full concentration while dragging the road at top speed with another trailer before falling off the road, blocking the entire BRT corridor inward Dopemu.
"Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today recovered a dead body of a cart pusher trapped under a fallen container at Goye by UBA inward Dopemu area of Lagos," he said.
"LASTMA Badmus Abdul-Akeem 'Zebra' (zone 32 Dopemu Akowonjo) who led the rescue team disclosed that the fallen container truck fully loaded with concrete stones fell on a cart pusher who died instantly.
"LASTMA Abdul-Akeem disclosed further that preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the container lost full concentration while dragging road on top speed with another trailer before falling off the road blocking the entire brt corridor inward Dopemu.
"He confirmed that while the driver of the fallen truck ran away, Lastma Officials retrieved a photocopy of his driver's license at the accident scene.
According to Zebra Abdul-Akeem; "After noticing a trapped body underneath a fallen container, we called the LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) and Police men from Gowon Divisional Police Headquarters for immediate rescue operations and investigations,"
"While LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) evacuated the fallen container off the brt corridor, the recovered dead was handed over to members of the Hausa community around Dopemu area after they mobilized themselves to the scene of the accident to with dangerous weapons
"The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba while consoling with the family of deceased urged truck drivers and other motoring public to always adhere strictly to safety standard while driving on highways across the State.
"He however maintained that speed limit road signs were erected to guide truck drivers and other motoring public on speed limitations across the state."