Three burnt to ashes as speeding SUV rams into truck in Lagos

Late Sunday night, tragedy struck when the driver of a fast moving Mercedes Benz, a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with two occupants, was burned to death after colliding with a stationary vehicle.

The incident occurred near Mandilas Bus Stop in Iyana Isolo, off the Oshodi-Apapa Motorway.

An eyewitness, Mr. Abdulfatai, Wasiu, attributed the fatalities to over speeding on the part of the driver before colliding with the truck.

A male adult inside the car was all severely burnt and died due to the impact of the collision.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Authourity, LASEMA, Dr. Femí Oke-Osanyitolu, confirmed the tragedy.

“Upon arrival at the scene at 11:38pm, an accident involving a Mercedes Benz SUV with an unknown registration number and a truck conveying a 40 feet container was encountered.

“Preliminary investigation carried out upon arrival at the scene revealed that the SUV collided into the truck due to over speeding.

“The impact of this collision resulted in a fire outbreak from the car engine,” Oke-Osanyitolu narrated.

Normal traffic movement as of press time, 9 am on Monday, has been restored in the axis following evacuation of the three burnt victims trapped inside the car.

The remains were subsequently taken away by officials of State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU for onward transfer to the morgue.

Also, the flat body of the truck and the carcass of the burnt vehicle were towed to the LASTMA Yard.

Emergency responders at the scene of the incident include: Fire unit, Lagos State Rescue and Fire Service, SEHMU, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Nigeria Police and Lagos State Ambulances Service, LASAMBUS.

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