A hit and run driver of Dangote industry’s heavy duty vehicle have crushed three people to death at the Arepo axis of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway in Ogun state.
The driver of the truck marked DTF-118-XA was driving against the traffic, when he ran over the three pedestrians.
A witness, who did not identify himself, stated that the accident happened around 8 a.m.
He said, “We were all at the bus stop when the truck sped past us. The driver did not even hoot.
“The three men, who wanted to cross the expressway, were only looking at a side of the road. They didn’t know that the truck was fast approaching from the other side.
“The truck crushed them and they died on the spot. It even dragged the body of a man for some distance.
“Another pedestrian, who saw the truck approaching, carried a lady that could have also been hit, off the road. The girl wanted to protest the action until she saw what had happened.”
Spokesman of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Commander Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the bodies of the pedestrians had been deposited, at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.
Akinbiyi explained that the truck driver who was the only person in the vehicle when the incident happened, did not wait to attend to the pedestrians his vehicle had crushed, and attempted to escape with the truck.
The truck’s driver, according to him was pursued by policemen who effected his arrest and took him to Wawa police station.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the driver, adding that investigations were on.
He noted that the families of the victims had yet to come forward to identify them, saying the driver would be prosecuted at the end of investigations.