By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—Tragedy struck in the early hours of yesterday, when a petroleum tanker fell on a car at Ikorodu Roundabout, Lagos, killing the lone occupant of the car instantly.
According to an eyewitness, the incident happened around 4a.m, and both vehicles were on speed when the incident occurred.
General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, who confirmed the incident, urged motorists to keep to speed limit, observe other road signs and guidelines to ensure safety on the road.
Tiamiyu explained: “The agency received a distress alert through the toll free emergency number of Lagos State 767/112, regarding a fallen truck at Ikorodu Roundabout at 4:08a.m.
“This prompted immediate activation of the Emergency Response Team, ERT, and other responders to the scene of the incident.
“Preliminary report revealed that a Mack Truck with number plates AGL 664 XG, laden with 33,000 litre PMS belonging to Forte Oil, while trying to turn at the roundabout lost control and fell on a Hyundai saloon car with number plates KJA 421 AH, with the only occupant, an unidentified adult male, trapped dead in the car.”
Tiamiyu said but for the prompt response of the emergency responders and the security operatives, which include Lagos State Fire Service, LASTMA, Civil Defense, FRSC and the Nigeria Police Force, the incident would have escalated 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 removed by LASEMA response team with the use of light duty equipment and subsequently taken to Ikorodu General Hospital Mortuary,” the LASEMA boss explained.
The affected vehicles were removed from the road and the case handed over to the Nigerian Police Force for further action.
Tiamiyu said proper investigation would be carried out into the cause of the accident by the relevant government agencies.
He urged motorists, especially articulated truck drivers, to avoid over speeding and also adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.