Two accidents on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway Sunday led to the death of a driver while several were injured, one of whom is presently in a coma. The first crash which occurred at Ibalex Bus Stop, Ilasmaja between the early hours of 4 and 5 a.m. was as a result of a collision between a gravel-laden truck and a trailer carrying oil, while the second accident was between a Volkswagen commercial bus and a truck at the exact same spot.
In the first accident, 4 people were injured when the truck conveying gravel hit the trailer loaded with oil. The trailer was marked KY153YTK; there were no numbers on the truck. The truck driver and motor-boys were said to have been trapped inside the vehicle for over 30 minutes before they were rescued and the injured were conveyed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS). The truck driver was unconscious at the time they were taken to the hospital. There is no information yet on if he’s out of the coma.
Soon after the first accident, as Policemen were trying to restore order, a second accident occurred at the same spot. A witness relayed to the Nation how the accident occurred.
“A Volkswagen commercial bus stopped to carry passengers and a truck was coming on speed. Everybody including the policemen were signaling to the truck driver from afar to reduce the speed until he rammed into the bus. It was as if the driver was drunk. Despite several C-Caution signs displayed on the road, it hit the bus, killing the bus driver on the spot and injuring many others. In all, no fewer than 10 persons were injured. We called LASAMBUS officials to assist in taking the injured to the hospital,” the eyewitness said.
The Nation learnt that some Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Fire Service officials later visited the scene.