40ft Container Crushes One, Injures Another - LASEMA

In a bizarre incident involving a container at the popular Costain roundabout, in Lagos, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has reported that it has rescued a female adult and recovered one male adult body from an accident involving a 40 feet container.

Mr Nosa Okunbor who is the Public Affairs chairman for LASEMA made this signed statement available to newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.

Quoting an eye-witness account, Nosa said that the yet-to-be-identified adult male and female were passing by when the accident involving the 40ft container uploaded from the articulated vehicle crushed the adult male to death instantly.

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He said that the impact left the adult female fortunate with severe injuries that included a broken left leg.

He also made it clear that the agency activated the Lagos State Emergency Response when the accident was reported via a distress call close to midnight through the Agency’s Emergency Toll-Free Line – 112, at about 11:43 p.m on May 11, 2022.

Nosa said that the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu gave the following clue on the situation:

“Upon arrival at the accident scene, an articulated truck laden with a 40ft container was discovered to have fallen.

Further investigations revealed that the truck had suffered brake failure while en route to the COSTAIN roundabout and as a result, the container load fell off the back of the truck conveying it.

“Unfortunately, the container fell on an adult male and adult female. The adult male was totally crushed and immediately lost his life as a result of the trauma, while the adult female was extricated alive by the LRT through the deployment of the agency’s heavy-duty forklift- the Goliath.

Thereafter, the Agency’s paramedics administered pre-hospital care before quickly conveying her to a nearby hospital.

“The deceased adult male body has been bagged and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU, for further action.

“The truck and its fallen container have been recovered off the road with aid of the Agency’s heavy duty forklift and placed on a nearby layby before being handed over to Officers of the Nigerian Police at the incident scene.

The statement said that the road has been reopened for public use, adding that the recovery operation had been concluded.


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