Lagos bridge accident: two die, five injured

A fatal accident involving several vehicles in Lagos State has claimed two lives while five others have been hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries.

On Wednesday, 9 August, a total of six vehicles were reportedly involved in a ghastly motor accident on the Eko Bridge in Lagos State.

According to reports, the vehicles involved in the car crash were all private vehicles including a fully loaded ‘MAC’ truck with number plate T-1501 LA.

Other vehicles include a Lexus Jeep (LSP 795 EW), Toyota Camry (AKD 606 HH), Toyota (LND 217 GX), mini-bus (FKJ 77 YG and (LSR 952 HZ).

The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Taofiq Adebayo confirmed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The Director said, “Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority with other emergency responders today carried out an emergency operation at the scene of a fatal accident on Eko Bridge inward the Alaka area of the state.

“LASTMA Akinde Olusola ‘Zebra’ (Zone 3 Iponri) who led the rescue team confirmed that the accident recorded two deaths, with five others seriously injured.

“He confirmed further that the fatal accident involved six private vehicles including a fully loaded ‘MAC’ truck with number plate (T-1501 LA).”

Mr Adebayo blamed the driver of the truck for the incident.

He said, following the incident, a preliminary investigation that was carried out revealed that the loaded ‘MAC’ truck, while on top speed, collided with five other private vehicles, including a commercial minibus as a result of brake failure.

Mr Adebayo in his statement added that while five persons were rescued at the accident scene, two deaths were recorded.

He said that both the injured victims and dead bodies were immediately taken to a nearby general hospital with an ambulance which belongs to the LASEMA Response Unit.

Adebayo said, “Those six vehicles involved in the fatal accident include a fully loaded truck (T-150 IL), Lexus Jeep (LSP 795 EW), Toyota Camry (AKD 606 HH), Toyota (LND 217 GX), mini-bus (FKJ 77 YG and (LSR 952 HZ).

“The General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, cautioned motorists especially truck drivers to always ensure their vehicles are in good condition before embarking on any journey across the state.

“While maintaining that the agency would not relent in enlightening motorists, particularly commercial bus drivers on inherent dangers involved in overspeeding, he, however, sent his condolences to families of the deceased.”

He added that other emergency responders at the scene of the accident included the LASEMA Response Unit, the Federal Road Safety Corps, and policemen from the Iponri Divisional Police Station.

In another story, a US-based Nigerian actor, Joseph Benjamin has revealed why he became a cab driver in the United States Of America.

Benjamin, a 46 year old Nigerian who relocated to America in 2016, said not longer after he arrived the US, his business partners suddenly had an issue and pulled out of the gig he was called for.

He explained that since he didn’t have much money on him and had to start paying his bills, he had to do everything possible to make ends meet.

Benjamin revealed this while speaking on the latest episode of the Teju Babyface Deep Dive podcast hosted by the comedian, Monday.

He said, “I got to America on a promise that I had some gigs waiting for me. So I thought I was going to have a soft landing there. I packed up everything from Nigeria, bought a one-way ticket, and came to America.

“I was put in a well-furnished house and all of that. Then two days later, the person who I was supposed to book a deal with said to me, ‘Those our financiers have pulled out. They have an issue.’

“So, I said, what do I do? He was like, ‘From next month on, you will have to start paying rent in this house.’ The amount of the one-month rent was equivalent to a one-year rent in Nigeria.

“I’m like, ‘I’m not earning any money so what do I do?’ I don’t know what to do. So, shot into that life, I had to figure out what to do. I had nowhere to go. Nothing to turn to.

“My phone was buzzing, like, ‘When are you coming back to Nigeria? We have this gig for you.’ $1,500 was all I came to America with. How do I buy a ticket to go back to Nigeria?”

Benjamin continued saying he eventually began to drive Uber, Lyft as well as work as a delivery person for Amazon just so he could pay his bills in America.

He said, “And then someone gave me a car. I’m like, What do I do with the car? And they said Uber. I was driving for Uber and Lyft to pay my bills.

“I carried a lot of Nigerians, my name on the Uber App was Joseph. The moment they get in or three minutes into the journey, they know I’m the one.

“One woman even had to call her husband, and she ended up taking pictures with me. I even had some people say to me ‘Boss you will make it.”

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