The Guardian (Nigeria)
One killed, two injured in Lagos auto crash
FRSC impounds 3, 298 trucks for violation
ONE person was killed and two others injured in a motor accident, that occurred yesterday morning, on Otedola Bridge, along Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.
The accident, which occurred about 11: 00 a. m., involved a Mack 20ft containerised truck with two different registration numbers: LSD 973 XM and FKJ 214 XY, and two vehicles, a Toyota wagon with registration number JJJ 28 FR and Toyota Camry BDG 597 CY.
Route Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission ( FRSC) Public Education Officer, Olabisi Sonusi, said six occupants were involved in the incident, that led to the death a driver, while the two injured occupants were receiving treatment at hospital.
The Guardian learnt that a combined team of FRSC, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority ( LASTMA) and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency ( LASEMA), had evacuated all crashed vehicles from the scene. Head, Public Affairs of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed that the yet- to- be identified, injured truck driver conveying the fallen 40- feet container that crushed two vehicles which left one driver dead, was hurriedly ferried to the Trauma Centre near FRSC Office by old Lagos- Ibadan Toll Gate.
He also said that the remains of the late driver, one Mr. Lawal, has been claimed by his relatives.
Meanwhile, the Sector Commander, FRSC Lagos Sector Command Corps Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, has directed investigation into the cause of the crash.
He said the driver of the container would be prosecuted once the owner of the truck is identified.
According to Ogungbemide, FRSC has confirmed that 3, 298 trucks and articulated vehicles have been impounded for various offences since the beginning of the year.
He said: “There is no backing down on the battle against vehicles without minimum safety standard on Lagos roads as he commiserates with the family of the deceased, wishing the victims quick recovery.
“In case of emergency, motorists are enjoined to call FRSC Toll free number 122 for prompt rescue and removal of obstructions while he urged truck owners and motorists to maintain vehicles and obey traffic rules and regulations in the state.”