Tanker crushes driver to death in Lagos

A tanker in the early hours of Sunday crushed a man to death at Ikorodu roundabout in Lagos, The Nation reports.

The accident occurred at about 3am when the tanker marked AGL664XG lost control and rammed into the driver of an Hyundai car marked KJA421AH while trying to make a u-turn.

The tanker belonging to Forte Oil spilled some of its contents into nearby drainages as emergency agencies were contacted.

The driver was trapped inside his car until the first responders got to the scene at about 4:30am.

LASEMA General Manager Adesina Tiamiyu and NEMA spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye said the prompt response of emergency workers prevented an inferno that would have wreaked havoc in the densely populated area.

“Prompt response prevented the incident from escalating into a major disaster with the spillage and also proximity of the incident to a filling station.

“The truck was carefully lifted upright, while the dead body was extricated with the use of light duty equipments and subsequently taken to Ikorodu General Hospital Mortuary. The vehicles were cleared off the road and handed to the police.

“Proper investigation would be carried out on the cause of the accident by the relevant government agencies. Motorists, especially articulated truck drivers are advised to avoid over speeding and also adhere to all traffic rules and regulation,” said Tiamiyu.

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