LASTMA saves driver, five others after loaded truck overturns in Ojota


Officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), on Friday, intervened to rescue a driver and five passengers when a truck carrying food items overturned while traveling from the motorway towards the Ojota area of Lagos.

A statement issued by the Agency’s Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Adebayo Taofiq, indicated that the incident, involving an unregistered Volvo truck, occurred during the early hours of the day.

Those caught up in the accident included the truck driver and five passengers, among whom were three women. Taofiq noted that LASTMA officials promptly intervened to rescue the severely injured truck driver and the five passengers from the accident scene.

Furthermore, an immediate investigation unveiled that the injured truck driver lost control due to brake failure while traveling at high speed.

Zebra Bakare Akanbi, stationed at Zone 11, Ojota/Fadeyi, confirmed that the rescue operation was conducted with the support of security personnel, as reported by LASTMA.

“Rescued injured driver and 5 others were immediately handed over to personnel of the Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) on ground for medical attention,” Akanbi stated.

Among the personnel present at the scene were key members of the LASTMA rescue team, including Hakeem Adeosun, the Director of Traffic Incidents, Event Monitoring, Enforcement, and Compliance.

The overturned truck, laden with goods, was subsequently cleared from the accident site by LASTMA staff to facilitate smooth traffic flow towards Ojota from the motorways.

Olalekan Bakare Oki, the General Manager of LASTMA, extended sympathies to the injured victims while underscoring the significance of vehicle safety. He urged all motorists, particularly heavy truck drivers, to prioritize safety checks before commencing journeys within or outside the state.