Lagos State Traffic Management Authority said it arrested the driver of an articulated truck that crushed a scavenger pushing a wheelbarrow to death by Mile 12 Market, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.
The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, disclosed this in a statement.
He noted that the accident occurred between a 16-tyre articulated truck ‘DAF’ (LSR 901 XV) and a scavenger pushing a wheelbarrow on the main carriageway by Mile 12 market inward Ketu along the Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos.
Taofiq stated that preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of an articulated truck lost control while on top speed due to a brake failure and rammed into a scavenger pushing a wheelbarrow on the main carriageway inward to Ketu, Lagos.
It was equally learnt that immediately after the accident, the scavenger was rescued alive by LASTMA officers but later died while being rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment by security personnel.
“Upon information on the death of the scavenger, some miscreants and hoodlums trooped out to attack the truck driver but, he was rescued to Ketu Police Divisional Headquarters by Lastma officials with the support of security personnel.
“The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bakare-Oki Olalekan appealed to Market leaders to regularly carry out safety enlightenment campaign on the danger using wheelbarrows to convey goods or food items on highways across the State.”
Bakare-Oki highlighted the importance of avoiding overspeeding while warning truck driver to ensure the proper condition of their trucks’ braking systems before any journey within or outside the state.