Sol­dier’s wife car crushes La­gos street sweeper

The Punch - - METRO - Ade­bayo Folorun­shofran­cis

Astreet sweeper with the La­gos Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity nar­rowly es­caped death on Thurs­day af­ter be­ing crushed to a sta­tion­ary petrol tanker by a mo­torist con­vey­ing a woman said to be the wife of a sol­dier.

The in­ci­dent, which oc­curred around 8.30am on the Apapa Road in ebute Meta, at­tracted sym­pa­this­ers and men of the Fed­eral Road Safety Corps to the scene.

Ac­cord­ing to the su­per­vi­sor, who did not give her name, the vic­tim, Tawa Ariyo, had just fin­ished sweep­ing the road and sat in front of the Forte Oil fill­ing sta­tion and was await­ing fur­ther in­struc­tion when the Toy­ota Ma­trix car rammed into her.

The woman be­ing con­veyed in the car turned to the driver and asked him to join the res­cue team to take the vic­tim, who was bleed­ing pro­fusely in her man­gled leg, to the near­est hos­pi­tal.

The woman then brought out her phone and begged one of the at­ten­dants at the fill­ing sta­tion to help call her hus­band.

A man, who iden­ti­fied him­self sim­ply as ‘Ma­jor’, an­swered from the other end and 10 min­utes later, a cor­po­ral and two other sol­diers showed up at the scene in two cars.

While one of the cars fer­ried the wife of the ma­jor away from the scene, the other headed for the hos­pi­tal.

When our cor­re­spon­dent vis­ited the Pri­mary Health Cen­tre in Oy­ingbo, the in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer con­firmed that a 42-year-old woman was brought to the clinic, but she had been re­ferred to the La­gos Is­land Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

“Her sit­u­a­tion is a com­plex one that de­mands in­ten­sive care hence, the need to re­fer

• Scene of the in­ci­dent

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