Tragedy in Lagos: Dangote truck crushes 6 to death

April 1, 2020
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Victims of the tragedy

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Despite lockdown, tragedy struck in Lagos on Tuesday as Dangote Cement silo truck crushed six persons to death after Epe Long bridge, Epe area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed that six people died in the tragedy.

According to him, on arrival at the above scene, a Dangote Cement silo truck with unknown registration number was discovered to have fallen on a fully loaded commercial taxi OPEL car with registration number SMK-312ES.

“Investigations revealed that a total of 7 people were in the crushed car with 6 of them having lost their lives on or shortly after the impact while efforts are ongoing by the response team to extricate the single adult man who is alive but remains trapped beneath the silo truck.

“Recovery operation ongoing. The deceased will be transported to the mortuary for processing,” he said in a statement around 12:16am.

“We also wish to appeal to members of the public to comply with the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines laid down by the Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, to avoid endangering themselves as well as the rescue workers who are already operating under extremely challenging conditions,” he said

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