Truck falls off Apapa bridge

Truck falls off Apapa bridge

A driver and his motorcycle courier were seriously injured after a 12-metre truck they were traveling in fell off the Apapa Bridge.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but sources said it may not be related to the excessive speed that caused the vehicle to skid off the bridge.

Confirming the incident to journalists, the Director of LASTMA Public Affairs Illumination Department, Taofiq Adebayo said;

“Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) this morning rescued a seriously injured motorist and a motorcyclist from an empty 40-foot articulated lorry that fell from the high bridge in the Apapa countryside.

The incident happened while the speeding truck was climbing the high bridge in front of 'Sifax' Company by Ijora 'Olopa' in the interior of Apapa. The injured driver was rescued by Lastma personnel in a pool of blood gushing from his head, while the motorcyclist suffered a serious fracture to his waist and spinal cord. Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the empty 40ft articulated lorry lost total control due to brake failure while fighting a 'right of way' (ROW) with another fully loaded lorry trying to climb the high bridge towards Apapa.

Immediately the unfortunate incident happened, other articulated truck drivers around the company 'Sifax' supported the Lastma people and rescued the driver and the motorcyclist who were trapped under the truck. ” LASTMA Goriola Jimoh ‘Zebra’ (Zone 22) Apapa who led the rescue operations confirmed that the rescued injured driver and his driver were rushed to the Apapa General Hospital for immediate medical treatment.

The crashed articulated lorry was evacuated by personnel from the Lasema Response Unit (LRU), while Lastma personnel handed over the case to officers from Ijora – Badia Police Station for further investigation.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bakare Oki, however, appealed to owners of articulated trucks to always carry out periodic safety training and enlightenment campaigns for their drivers on the need to obey speed limits on traffic signs when driving on highways inside and outside the State.


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