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Truck driver arrested over pedestrian deaths

10 February 2015, 09:00

Abuja - A truck driver has been arrested following the death of two pedestrians in a fatal accident along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos on Thursday evening.

The driver, identified as Friday Egbe, is alleged to have swerved off the road and subsequently crushed two pedestrians who had been glancing through newspapers at a newsstand.

Officials from the Makinde Police Division apprehended Egbe while his truck was towed to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.

Sola Shodipo, an eyewitness, explained that officials from the Rapid Response Team requested that pedestrians at the newsstand move further off the road so as to avoid any fatalities. According to Shodipo, this prevented the death of more victims at the hands of the truck driver.

Also read: Truck crushes 2 to death in Lagos

Shodipo also revealed that enraged residents would have mobbed the man were it not for the intervention of the police.

According to a PUNCH report, a third victim is alleged to have been injured as a result of the incident. The man, Nura Mohammed, is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Kenneth Nwosu, Public Relations Officer for Lagos State, confirmed the arrest and disclosed that Egbe would be appearing a court today.

One of the victims has yet to be identified. The body of the deceased has been transported to a Yaba Hospital for autopsy.

Read more at PUNCH



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