No fewer than six persons were at midnight killed and one trapped after a Dangote Cement truck crushed a passenger vehicle in Epe area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
A report monitored on The Nation newspaper by Naija News said the fell on a commercial taxi carrying seven persons just after the long bridge inwards Epe Expressway killing six of the occupants on the spot.
The report added that the affected car, a taxi, an OPEL car with registration number SMK312ES was said to be moving inwards Epe when the accident occurred.
Confirming the incident, the Director-General (DG) LASEMA Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said the six people died on impact or shortly afterwards.
“Investigations revealed that a total of seven people were in the crushed car with six of them having lost their lives on or shortly after impact. Efforts are ongoing by the response team to extricate the single adult man who is alive but remains trapped beneath the silo truck.
“Recovery operation ongoing. The deceased will be transported to the mortuary for processing.
“We also wish to appeal to members of the public to comply with the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines laid down by the Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, to avoid endangering themselves as well as rescue workers who are already operating under extremely challenging conditions,” he said.
Meanwhile, as at the time of this report, one of the passengers was said to be trapped underneath the crushed vehicle with officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) making efforts, to bring the passenger live.