26th March, 2012
An unidentified middle aged man was this morning crushed to death by a moving trailer at Ijesha area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
The incident, which took place on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway around 9.20 a.m. drew large crowd of sympathizers while the driver of the trailer sped off.
Eye witnesses told P.M.NEWS that the victim had crossed one of the carriageways when he was knocked down and crushed by the trailer in a most gruesome manner.
The man, who was supposed to use the pedestrian bridge decided to cross the expressway and paid the price for it, while passers-by blamed the victim for not using the pedestrian bridge.
“The whole thing happened so fast and you really cannot blame the trailer driver because he was on the fast lane and on high speed as well.
“I was standing on the opposite side waiting for a bus to Apapa. I saw when the man crossed the first lane and just suddenly I heard this loud noise and turning towards his direction, I realised that he has just be hit by a moving trailer,” said an eye witness, Miss Ojoshimiteh Afamafune.
“This is so sad, this accident would have been avoided if he had used the pedestrian bridge rather than cross the expressway. I have always told people that it is better to get to where ever you are going late than not to get there at all.
“His family members will be waiting at home for him to come home only to receive the news of his death,” said another sympathiser at the scene.
One of the sympathisers said he could not understand why people should cross the expressway when there was a pedestrian bridge around, saying it was like committing suicide.
“We are fond of blaming everything on government, since we find it difficult to use the pedestrian bridge we should ask government to provide plane to fly us across the bridge.
“This is really sad and I think is high time we began to address some of these little things that affect us collectively,” he stated.
As at the time of filing this report, sympathizers were still at the scene bemoaning the fate of the victim.