Motorcyclist, passenger, pupil crushed to death in Lagos, Ogun

A soft drink-laden truck, on Wednesday, crushed to death a yet-to-be-identified operator of the OPay motorbike ride-hailing service and his passenger.

The accident occurred on the Kara Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, around 2.20pm.

There were conflicting accounts of how the crash happened, with some eyewitnesses accusing the truck driver of swerving in the direction of the motorcycle and crushing the rider and his passenger to death, while others stated that the motorcyclist rode against the traffic and ran into the path of the truck while trying to manoeuvre his way.

It was gathered that the truck driver, who was almost lynched by other motorcyclists, was rescued by the police and officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps.

It was learnt that the truck, with number plate KSF837XV, and the driver had been moved to the Warewa Police Station in Ogun State.

The Ogun State Sector Commander, FRSC, Clement Oladele, who confirmed the accident, stated that it was caused by wrongful overtaking, adding that the corpses had been deposited in a morgue.

Oladele, who noted that motorcycles not higher than 200 cubic capacity were not allowed to ply the expressway, urged motorcyclists to desist from plying the highways, adding that they exposed themselves and their passengers to danger.

In another development, a pupil of the Majidun Grammar School, Victory Asapa, was on Tuesday, crushed to death by a Ford pickup van with number plate KRD 536 XV at the Agric bus stop in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Asapa and two of her mates were on their way home after school hours and wanted to cross the road at the bus stop but were crushed by the van around 4pm.

It was learnt that one of the pupils had suggested that they make use of the pedestrian bridge to get to the other side of the road, but Asapa and the other allegedly ignored the advice.

While the pupils were crossing the road, the driver of the pickup van, Olonruntobi Ajayi, allegedly knocked down Asapa.

Ajayi works for the Olorun Tele Integrity Nilon Contest Company in Odogunyan, Ikorodu.

An eyewitness, Bola Aderibigbe, said Asapa died on the spot, while her mate, who crossed the road with her, escaped.

 

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