A Dangote cement truck driver is currently in court for allegedly killing four passengers after his truck collided with a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) in Lagos on August 27, 2019.
Two female witnesses, Adeshafe Omotola and Ronke Odunuga, appeared in court, narrating how they witnessed the accident on the said day.
The accident between Dangote truck and BRT was a frontal collision
At an initial hearing of the case, a trader simply identified as Odunuga, told the Judge, Justice Sherifat Solebo, that she boarded the bus at the park in Ikorodu, on her way to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) for a business appointment. According to her, the whole seats were occupied when she got in, so she had to stand. She was engrossed in a phone chat when she heard a deafening sound. The whole place was chaotic as people were crying and screaming amid a stampede.
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Speaking further, Odunuga revealed that a rescue team arrived. Stuck on the ground with both dead and injured persons lying on top of her, she said she was the last person to be taken out of the bus. She discovered that iron from the bus had pierced her buttocks and emerged from her thigh. She and other victims were conveyed to the General Hospital located in Ikorodu.
“My thigh was swollen, and doctors drained the blood, gave me antibiotics and bandaged the wound.
“We discovered that the boy who was with us was the motor boy when they went for x-ray and the police accosted him."
Front of the BRT was ruined, affecting many passengers aboard.
Narrating her encounter, the second witness in court, Omotola, said that she was sitting at the back, immersed in her phone when the chaos started. According to her, she passed out when both vehicles collided. She found herself under one of the seats when she regained consciousness, and was taken out of the bus by the rescue team. She went on to identify the driver of the truck in the person of Sheriff Adebayo.
The driver of the BRT bus, Samuel Apochi, was one of those who died from the accident. He was identified by one of the testifiers, Edo Jeremiah.
The case was adjourned to January 27, 2020, by Justice Solebo.
25-year-old Adebayo, who is the truck driver, is facing a four-count charge of involuntary manslaughter.
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