by Akintomiwa Agbaje
Four women and an expectant mother were crushed to death by a truck filled with sand at Oshodi Bus stop today in Lagos. The force of the accident caused the foetus to come out of the mother
The truck hit three other vehicles before it rammed into a garage, after its brakes failed near the Oshodi bridge on the way to Apapa, where the women stood. It was a scene that drew tears from many eyes.
The truck belonged to a church. An irrate mob rushed to the scene, barricaded the road and attempted to torch the truck.
The Nation reports:
They wanted to lynch the driver, who attempted to flee before he was rescued by policemen from the nearby Makinde Division.
Eyewitnesses said the truck was descending the bridge at Oshodi but lost control as it was approaching the service lane.
The driver ran into a motor park and a market near the service lane.
Commuters at the bus ran to avoid being hit. Traders who abandoned their wares and ran came back to meet them destroyed.
Mr Samuel Ogundayo, the Oshodi Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said 19 people were involved in the accident.
“A tipper had a brake failure; 19 people were involved but eight died instantly.
“They have been taken to the General Hospital in Ikeja and the Oshodi Health Centre,’’ Ogundayo said.