‘His body was cut in half’: LAWMA staff killed by agency’s waste disposal truck (GRAPHIC IMAGE)

by Adeola Balogun


A worker with the Lagos Waste Management Authority was yesterday killed in an accident involving one of the agency’s own trucks.

The deceased, identified simply as Idowu, was crushed by the truck after it skidded off the road and fell on him.

The unfortunate incident, which occurred along the Egbeda/Idimu Road area of the state, was said to have been caused by commercial buses parking illegally to pick up passengers.

The Eagle Online reports:

The truck, operated by a PSP, was said to have overturned as its driver tried to avoid ramming into the two commercial buses filled with passengers.

The commercial bus drivers were said to be struggling to overtake each other at the bus stop to pick passengers.

The accident, which occurred at about 7am, caused the PSP truck to overturn, killing one of the LAWMA officials riding on it instantly. Three of them escaped unhurt.

As soon as the truck overturned, the deceased, identified as Idowu, was caught under, with part of his body, from his chest, cut into half and buried under the truck.

The accident caused a gridlock, which spilled to Iyana-Ipaja, Isheri, Igando and Iyana-Oba, among other axis.

Commuters were forced to step down from commercial buses and took to trekking to their various destinations. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, policemen and those of LAWMA were at the scene.

Some of the LAWMA officials were seen crying. Two cranes were later brought to move the truck off the deceased’s body.

A LAWMA official, Aminu Odukoya, who is a field supervisor, said Idowu was one of the officials collecting refuse from residents whenever the PSP truck stopped at refuse points. Odukoya said she was pained that nobody was able to get the plate numbers of the buses that caused the accident.


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