Her grieving relations said the young woman’s name was Esther and that she had a little child at home.That child will not know her mother’s tenderness and love ever again, as Esther was crushed to death yesterday at Iyana Isolo on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos. A young man was also killed in the same accident.
But, another young woman, a student of Lagos State Polytechnic, who identified herself, simply as Funke, and an elderly woman were among those who escaped unhurt. Tears flowed freely even in the mild rain as Police and traffic officials struggled to free Esther’s mangled body from under the truck and at last, were able to load it alongside that of the unidentified young man into the Pick-Up van.
The Iyana Isolo accident, according to eyewitnesses, was caused by a combination of factors: the rain, which made the road slippery, the commuter bus that stopped for passengers at the Iyana Isolo Bus Stop and the truck the brakes of which failed.
“ The brakes of the truck, which was heading to Mile Two, failed and it ran into the rear of the commercial bus that had stopped for passengers. “There was a scramble and some passengers in the bus panicked and jumped out only to be crushed by the truck,” one eyewitness said. Another eyewitness and a lucky survivor, Akanimo Sunday told The Guardian:
When The Guardian enquired about the drivers of the truck and commercial bus, eyewitnesses said both men ran away even before the police arrived.One of the police officers who took the injured as well as the bodies to Isolo General Hospital, lamented to The Guardian that they could not leave the bodies in the hospital as the mortuary was not functioning.