Four persons were injured early yesterday on LASU-Igando road when a tomato-laden truck collided with a Private Sector Partnership (PSP) Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) disposal van.
A police escort, Michael Adeyeye, was trapped in the truck, but rescued by Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Fire Service officials.
The truck marked Lagos LND 565 XN belongs to Pesebor Maritime Limited, was coming from Okokomaiko and heading to Ikeja.
The accident occurred at Oko filling bus stop at Igando. An eyewitness, Mr Seyi Farinde said the LAWMA van driver drove against traffic. “The accident occurred around 3:30am. The truck, loaded with tomato paste, collided with this LAWMA vehicle that took one-way. The driver of the LAWMA truck was among the injured. He was assisted by some men to the hospital.”
LASEMA General Manager Michael Akindele said the agency got a distress call around 4am. “An accident occurred between a truck coming from Igando and a LAWMA van going to a dump site. Our men, Lagos State Fire Service, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Men of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority moved to rescue three occupants, the driver and two other occupants, one police officer, Michael Adeyeye attached to the truck was trapped inside the truck,” Akindele said.
The police officer, was injured on the head and his legs. The LASEMA boss advised motorists to be cautious while driving, especially at night.
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ikotun Unit Commander Chiwendu Iwuoha blamed the accident on overspeeding, saying: “The driver of the LAWMA truck did not have a driver’s license, and the vehicle is not registered.”
The firm’s manager Mr Peter Ibhanecebhor, said the truck was going to Ikeja from their company at Okokomaiko. He said: “We always ensure that our drivers don’t drink and have a valid driver’s license. The driver is in stable condition from the report I got from the physician attending to him.”