Truck crushes pupils to death in Lagos


There was protest by residents yesterday at Ojodu, a Lagos suburb, as an inter-locked truck crushed pupils of Babs Fafunwa Millennium Secondary School, who were returning home after school hours.

No fewer than 17 students were feared dead at the Grammar School Bus Stop, Ogunnusi Road, along Ogba-Ojodu/Berger axis, according to eye witness, who said the truck driver was trying to evade arrest by Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and men of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) from Berger Division, Ikeja.

The pupils wanted to cross the road when the truck rammed into them.

It was gathered that the brake of the truck failed during the hot chase by VIO and LASTMA officials.

Anxious parents stormed the scene, a stone throw from the Ogba/Ojodu road to inquire about the corpses and the injured victims.

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Economic activities were paralyzed as residents trooped out to protest the avoidable tragedy, blaming the notorious driver, VIO and LASTMA officers for the accident.

However, the Lagos State Police Command confirmed that the corpses of 10 pupils evacuated from the accident scene have been taken to the mortuary.

Other casualties are receiving treatment at the hospital, the police added.

The truck was set ablaze by the angry mob while the VIO vehicle was vandalized.

Also, the mob chased the driver to Ogba, where he was apprehended by the police.

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