A five-year-old boy yet to be identified and three others have lost their lives while a woman was trapped in an early morning accident when a truck- head plunged into a river in Ogun State on Wednesday.
The accident occurred around 8:50am, as the truck suffered break failure atop the Kara long bridge on Lagos – Expressway, knocked down a commercial motorcycle rider conveying a boy and mother (his passengers) before crashing into the road median.
The impact, it was gathered, forced the head of the truck to come off and plunged into the river beneath the Kara bridge, leaving the three occupants inside truck – head dead.
Also, the little boy died at the scene, but the mother got trapped by the body of the truck while the cyclist survived with injury
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency ( TRACE ), Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident, blamed it on brake failure.
Babatunde said the remains of the dead were deposited at the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital ( OOUTH ), Sagamu.
“A container laden Mark Truck with registration number NND 133 XA, had a break failure and rammed into a Bajaj Commercial Motorcycle with registration number EKY 221 QA, with the head of d truck plunging into the river, while the container it was carrying fell on a woman and the child she was carrying, who are the two plying passengers the Bajaj Motocyclist was carrying.
“We learnt the Okada rider is in the river with the other occupants of the truck head, the number of which cannot be ascertained now, as local divers have been contacted for rescue operation.