LASEMA Reacts As Truck Crushes Bus On Ojuelegba Bridge, Lagos (Video)

There have been reports of heightened tension at the Ojuelegba area of Lagos State after a container-laden truck fell on a moving bus.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Sunday, a total of eight people have been confirmed dead in the tragic incident as of the time of reporting.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASEMA) confirmed the sad development in a statement through its Permanent Secretary, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

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The agency and other concerned individuals at the scene were able to rescue one of the passengers on the bus, a female. According to Olufemi, efforts were being made to rescue more victims.

The agency confirmed further that recovery of the fallen container is still ongoing, noting that though the container has been taken off on top of the minibus, it is yet to be completely removed from the location, as the accident has caused traffic on the route while there is a backlog of traffic presently at Alaka.

He appealed to the citizens plying the road to exercise patience or instead find an alternative if they are trapped in the traffic.

“Upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus. 

“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.

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“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 Onipan 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,” the statement said.

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