Tanker driver kills pregnant road sweeper

Lagos road sweepers at work

Lagos road sweepers at work

Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni

A pregnant road sweeper working with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been crushed to death.

The deceased identified as Mrs. Kikelomo Bamidele was crushed at Ojota, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, by a petrol tanker with registration number Kano NSR 592 YQ while working inside the BRT lane near the pedestrian bridge.

P.M.NEWS gathered that the road sweeper died at the Lagos State Emergency Centre at the old toll gate of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway where she was rushed.

Witnesses at the scene of the accident revealed that the accident occurred as a result of break failure.

Lagos road sweepers at work
Lagos road sweepers at work

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“The tanker driver had break failure and was trying to manouver the vehicle when he veered into the BRT Lane where he crushed the sweeper. The sweeper’s leg was totally crushed and she lost a lot of blood,” a witness told P.M.NEWS.

The tanker also damaged another salon car on the road. The driver of the vehicle was unhurt.

An attempt by the tanker driver to escape from the scene was foiled by a LASTMA staff who pursued and arrested him. He was promptly handed over to the police at Ogudu.

The vehicle was also taken to the station.

A source at the Ijora Olopa headquarters of LAWMA revealed that the deceased was survived by five children.