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92 deaths, 261 truck accidents recorded in Lagos in 2022 — FRSC

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The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Lagos State Command has revealed that a total of 92 people died in accidents while 398 people were involved in accidents involving 261 trucks between January and December last year.

The FRSC’s data further revealed that a total of 74 male adults, eight female adults and 10 infants died as a result of different truck accidents in the preceding year.

According to the report, 43 trucks were involved in different degrees of accidents that claimed 19 lives, with 51 people sustaining different degrees of injuries and a total of 70 casualties recorded in March last year.

In a further breakdown of the statistics, 219 male adults, 57 female adults and 30 children, sustained various degrees of injury within the year under review and it recorded a total of 61 ‘fatal’ accidents, 85 ‘serious’ accidents and 115 ‘minor’ accidents in 2022.

Meanwhile, stakeholders have argued that the recorded fatalities may be far more than what was recorded, as many of the recorded injuries later resulted in deaths.

Sadly, more fatalities have been recorded between January and February 2023, in truck-laden container accidents on Lagos roads.

For instance, a truck carrying a 20ft container fell off a truck onto a passenger bus at Ojuelegba, Lagos and nine people were crushed to death. Barely 48 hours after the incident happened, another truck carrying a container lost its brake and killed two people and four others were injured at Ikotun, Lagos state.

The injured were two pregnant women and two children. Just last week, one person was confirmed dead after a fully loaded 40ft containerised truck experienced brake failure and crushed vehicles on Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Most stakeholders believe there is a need to ban hoodlums from the port access roads as they usually drag steering with truck drivers and forcefully collect money from them. The activities of these hoodlums mostly result in accidents while dragging steering with truck drivers along the port access roads.

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