Auto-crashes that occurs in three areas of Lagos state , Chevron Drive, Ijaiye Ogba and Agric bus stops on Monday reportedly claimed five lives while seven others were seriously injured, The Nation reports.
Three men including a motorcyclist Michael Idoko, his unnamed passenger and a Gbenga Oloruniyi pedestrian died in the Chevron Drive accident that occurred around 11 am.
Sources confirmed that, a Mack truck with registration number KSF100XY at top speed lost control and crushed the victims..
The motorcyclist, it was learnt, had slowed down to give way for the pedestrian only for the speeding truck to crush them.
It was gathered that the accident halted traffic along the busy Lekki-Epe Expressway for hours until Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit at Lekki towed the truck off the scene.
After a business bus crashed into a stationary salon vehicle along Oba Ogunji Road, Pen Cinema Way in the region, several people suffered severe injuries at Ogba. Whether there were any casualties was uncertain at the moment of the media.
The accident was said to have been caused by reckless driving, with the veering off and crashing into the parked car.
Eyewitnesses stated that two people died and several others were injured, adding that before emergency workers arrived, they were all transferred to the hospital.
Blood stains, shattered glass and other debris which were at the scene of the accident were washed off by LASEMA officials.
Similarly, on Sunday night another truck lost control and killed an Agric Bus Stop motorist and motorcyclist on Ikorodu Road.
Five others were said to have sustained serious injuries in the accident that kept rescuers on their toes till about midnight.
A truck carrying an unlatched 40 ft container was found to have fallen on some cars and motorcycles while fleeing a mob action after causing a minor accident before Agric Bus Stop.
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Reports says that the truck driver had hit a motorcyclist and refused to stop which prompted other motorcyclists to chase him.
On getting to Agric Bus Stop, the truck swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision with another motorcycle and the container fell on a Toyota Corolla crushing it.
About five motorcycles and a patrol vehicle belonging to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were also damaged.
Director General of LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu confirmed the accidents, noting that no death was recorded in the Ijaiye Ogba accident.
He said: “The rate of road traffic accident is alarming and that is why we are warning drivers to ensure their vehicles are in good condition and that they should always drive within recommended speed limits.”
“We are putting measures in place to ensure that unavoidable deaths are not recorded in the state anymore. LASEMA as the coordinating agency for emergencies has already held meetings with relevant stakeholders especially because we are in ember month.
“If you look at our statistics right now, you will discover that the major cause of death in Nigeria, Africa and all over the world is road traffic accident.
“We want Lagos to be safe for all and that is why we are brainstorming on better ways to reduce deaths from road traffic accidents.”