A 25-year-old woman, identified simply as Pamela, was on Friday [Mar. 20] morning crushed to death by a truck belonging to one of the partners of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, TFOB Ventures. The incident was said to have happened at the Kudirat Abiola Way junction, on the Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja Lagos at around 6:30am.
An eyewitness said the truck driver was driving against oncoming vehicles when he ran into the deceased, who was driving a Toyota Matrix saloon car. He said the deceased died on the spot, while the driver of the truck had been arrested by the police. “It took the intervention of policemen and other sympathisers before her body could be squeezed out of the ramshackle vehicle,” the eyewitness said.
The truck, which has TFOB/LAWMA boldly written on it, has registration number SMK 514 XM, while the Matrix has registration number JJJ 773 BD.
A family source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told PUNCH the deceased, an employee of a telecoms company, went to drop her sibling at a park where she would join a staff bus and was already coming back when it happened. “She had dropped her sister and was driving home when the incident happened. We learnt the truck was on a wrong lane, driving towards the lane she was on and ran into her and she died instantly,” the source said.
It was also gathered that the deceased was reluctant to leave the house in the morning. “Pamela had not even seen her parents that morning because she was to quickly drop her sister at the park and come back home. The last time she saw her parents was the previous night and nobody knew such a thing would happen,” the source said.
Commenting on the incident, the Managing Director, LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, described the incident as unfortunate, saying the police were already investigating the incident.