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Two children, seven others die during auto crash in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

No fewer than two children and seven adults were reported to have died after a 20-feet container fell on a commercial bus in Surulere Local Government, Lagos State.

Of the seven others whose body were recovered at the accident scene on Ojuelegba bridge were four males and three females while the two children include a male and female.

Meanwhile, the emergency officials were able to rescue a female passenger from the bus on Sunday after extricating the bus which was already been compressed by the container weight.

The woman who has since been rushed to the Burns and Trauma centre in Gbagada General Hospital for adequate medical care, was removed after several minutes by the emergency officials including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the State’s fire service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and others.

The Permanent Secretary, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, and the Director of Fire service, Margret Adeseye, confirmed the casualties and removal of the container that had resulted in a gridlock, reducing the travel time around the axis.

Oke-Osanyintolu stated that efforts have been made to ensure that the traffic that trailed the accident was cleared to make the bridge free for vehicular movement.

According to him, “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.

“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”.

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