Our heart bleeds as we type this story because this fatal accident could have been avoided.
Last night, at around 11:30pm, a tragic incident occured at the Sango/Lagos Toll gate.
A Kemi Filani Blog reporter who was at the scene this morning to get some photos from the scene, spoke with some of the eyewitnesses and they narrated how the fatal accident (which involved a Dangote truck, a white bus carrying Yam and 10 vehicles) occured.
An eyewitness who is one of the bread sellers by the side of the road told KFB that “There was no traffic, i was about packing up when the two policemen on duty flagged down a white bus. They asked the driver to park and they went to check what he was carrying. The woman beside the driver now explained to them that they were carrying tubers of yam for her daughter’s wedding holding this Thursday. Truly, when the officers checked the boot, they saw the many yams and asked the driver to give them something but the man was saying he didn’t have anything to give. All this while, traffic was already piling upbecause the white bus was at the centre of the road and the other side of the road was bad. While arguing, a Dangote truck was speeding forth, the driver was horning because the brake of the truck had failed. By the time I could say jack, the truck had crushed the cars that were lined up behind the bus including the bus…i left my goods and ran away“
Confirming the account, another trader whose wooden shop was destroyed in the tragic incident said “The accident was terrible indeed. I am still in shock cos i could have died too. The policemen ran away, they have not showed up today. The woman and the driver were badly injured, we brought out about 18 bodies from the destroyed vehicles on the road and in the ditch this morning. Nothing happened to the Dangote truck driver” She said.
See photos below:
|Crowd at the scene this morning|
|Some of the vehicles fell into the ditch by the road|
May the souls of the departed rest in peace.