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Children among 9 killed in container accident on Lagos Bridge

Nine passengers were confirmed dead as an articulated truck conveying a 20ft container fell on a commercial bus at Ojuelegba Bridge in Lagos on Sunday.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) said rescue and evacuation efforts are ongoing at the scene of the accident.

Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said nine persons died — including two children.

“Upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“Further investigations revealed that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the Bridge.

“After suspending the container load with the aid of the Agency’s forklift and cutting off the top of the bus with light rescue equipment, a single adult woman was extricated alive and taken to the trauma centre.”

The agency said the Nigeria police will conduct further investigation on the “removal of the barriers on the Bridge aimed at preventing trucks from ascending”.

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