– Driver Apprehended and Handed Over to Police
Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Saturday morning apprehended an articulated truck driver after crushing a scavenger pushing wheelbarrow to death by Mile 12 market, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.
The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed that the accident occurred between a 16-wheel articulated truck ‘DAF’ (LSR 901 XV) and a scavenger pushing a wheelbarrow on the main carriage way by Mile 12 market inward Ketu along Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of the articulated truck lost control while on top speed due to a brake failure and rammed into a scavenger pushing a wheelbarrow on the main carriage way.
Immediately after the accident, the scavenger was rescued alive by LASTMA Officers but laterater gave up the ghost while being rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment by security personnel.
“Upon information on the death of the scavenger, some miscreants and hoodlums trooped out to attack the truck driver but, he was rescued to the Ketu Police Divisional Headquarters by LASTMA officials with the support of security personnel”
The General Manager of LASTMA; Olalekan Bakare-Oki appealed to market leaders to regularly carry out safety enlightenment campaigns on the danger using wheelbarrow to convey goods or food items on highways across the State.
He also warned truck drivers to always avoid over speeding and ensure that the braking system of their trucks are in good condition before embarking on any journey within or outside the State.