The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Surulere Police Division in Lagos, CSP Monday Agbonika, has arrested the driver of the trailer, whose container fell off the bridge at Ojuelegba on Wednesday, killing three persons.
The fallen container had crushed two vehicles, a black Toyota brand and a white Nissan Sunny saloon which have been towed away along with the head of the trailer to clear traffic for the movement of other motorists.
The trailer driver, who was identified as Wasiu Adeleke, was arrested for killing three occupants in the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) after the container of his cement-laden trailer fell off the overhead Ojuelegba bridge.
Although the container had crushed the SUV, the driver of the white Nissan saloon car, one Lasisi Akeem, whose car was partially crushed by the heavy duty truck, survived the crash.
The MAN Diesel truck, which was driven by Adeleke, a resident of Ibadan, was carrying a 20-feet container loaded with cement and armoured building doors.
The heavy-duty vehicle was moving on Ojuelegba bridge out of Lagos when the container rolled off the truck because it was not latched properly and it landed on the two vehicles.
After hours of sawing out the container parts, it was evacuated from the top of the SUV and the bodies of the three male occupants, including the driver, were recovered.
As at press time, the identities of the deceased persons were yet unknown given the mangled state of the crushed SUV and its occupants.
The head of the trailer has been recovered and has been taken to the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) office, while the container, the Toyota SUV and the Nissan car have been cleared from the street.
The bodies of the victims, which were confirmed dead by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) medical personnel, have been deposited at the Lagos Mainland General Hospital, Yaba, pending their claim by family members.
To also ensure the cement-laden container is not vandalised, the police have been deployed to guard it.