Ojuelegba Bridge Accident: Agency Says 2 Persons Died
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) says two persons died in the Ojuelegba incident.
At about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a truck loaded with boards and plywood fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge in Surulere area of Lagos State and landed on vehicles beneath.
The General Manager of LASEMA, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, says two other persons were also injured.
While Officials of the agency cleared the woods to ease vehicular movement, Tiamiyu told reporters that “a flat-bed truck laden with plywood and finished boards tilted on top of Ojuelegba bridge and fell on three commercial buses and a Toyota Corolla”.
He said the agency was engaging recovery to make the road free.
“We have removed the vehicles from the road and we have also taken the trucks off the bridge.
“We are now trying to clear the remnants of the plywood at Ojuelegba under-bridge and the top of the bridge.
“That vehicle was definitely overloaded and that was what I think caused the accident,” Tiamiyu said.
He, however, urged commercial drivers to park at designated bus-stops and to stop parking indiscriminately.
Tiamiyu said: “If the buses were not parked indiscriminately, the accident would not claim lives.
“Commercial drivers should not turn Ojuelegba into a bus-stop.
“Let’s have free drive under Ojuelegba Bridge”.
It is not the first time that such accident has happened at the same location.
In one of the accidents in September 2015, three members of the same family died.
The relations are pursuing a 10 billion Naira compensation suit
at the Lagos High Court.
Both the Lagos and Federal governments, along with the owners of the truck, are defendants in the case, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.