Several persons reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries while motorists going inward and outward Oshodi went through the most harrowing experience as they were trapped for seven hours in the resultant gridlock.
The accident occurred following attempt by driver of the truck with number plate AKD 964 XB to avoid ramming into a motorcyclist who was reportedly being chased by policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad, RRS.
A version of the story to led to the accident by some occupants of the Eko Meat van who escaped death by the whiskers had it that the policemen caught up with the fleeing motorcyclist and at the same time blocked the way with their van, apparently to prevent the commercial motorcyclist from escaping.
Explaining how the incident occurred, one of the survivors, Taiwo Rauf, a meat supplier, said: “We were four inside the van. Two persons were sitting beside the driver while I sat behind. I used the van to supply meat at Oshodi from abattoir at Agege. We had already supplied the first batch and we were heading back to Agege for another round.
“While we were on our way, we saw a commercial motorcyclist riding against traffic with a female passenger. When the rider saw that the police were approaching, he turned to escape but the policemen caught up with him. Another police van emerged and parked beside the first one.
“Our van which was coming from behind had no space to go forward, so we had to wait. At that point, the truck which was coming behind us was blaring its horn and an occupant, inside was shouting at the top of his voice ‘no brake.’
“Before we knew what was happening, the truck hit our van and at the same time swerved to the culvert, only to crush a man to death. The driver of meat van was injured and was immediately rushed to the hospital by sympathizers. I can’t tell how I managed to come out of the van.”
Above: The crowd after rescue operations
Immediately the incident occurred, report said angry mob attempted to attack the policemen who they blamed for the cause. But they were reportedly dispersed by tear gas canisters from the policemen.
The deceased, identified simply as Belle, was said to be a manager in Slot electronics company"- Vanguard