A truck veered off its track, emptying its contents – plywoods – over vehicles and pedestrians at the bottom of Ojuelegba bridge, Lagos around 8.30pm & 9pm on Tuesday.
General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, said three persons lost their lives from the mishap and two others were left critically injured.
The report added that some tankers have been permanently parked on one side of the flyover at , leaving only one lane for other motorists.
The Lagos state police Rapid Response Squad and officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency were on ground to deal the situation after the incident.
“We got a call at about 8:25pm from the call system that a truck fell off the bridge in Ojuelegba, but when we got there, we discovered that a truck actually did not fall off the bridge. What fell off were the contents at the back of the truck which are mainly plywood.
“The truck was obviously overloaded and when it got to the bridge, it tilted and half the content fell off the bridge and landed on top of four other vehicles—three yellow danfo (commercial) buses and a Toyota Corolla car”, Tiamiyu told the press.
This is not the first time such incident is happening at the Ojuelegba flyover. In 2015, a tanker laden with petrol was ascending the Ojuelegba bridge when it lost its balance and emptied all of its inflammable contents on the tarmac below. Four houses and five cars were burnt immediately, with scores left injured.