Tragic end for students’ celebration as truck crushes them in Agbara

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Several commuters were killed and numerous others injured when an unidentified hit-and-run truck driver lost control and plowed into passengers at the busy Agbara Bus Stop along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

The tragedy struck the communities of Agbara, Magbon, and Oko Afor on June 7th, as a trailer carrying goats went berserk, ramming into a bus conveying students who had just completed their WAEC examinations.

Eyewitness Idonige Christopher told Daily Sun that the students had chartered a bus to celebrate the end of their exams. “I saw about four persons being pulled out of the vehicle dead while others were still trapped in the wreckage,” he said.

According to Christopher, the truck driver, in an attempt to evade arrest, continued his rampage, knocking several vehicles off the road. The truck reached Magbon Bus Stop, about two kilometers from Agbara, where it ran over more students waiting for transportation.

The driver then proceeded to Oko Afor Bus Stop, where he crashed into several cars and a fully loaded 18-seater bus. The mayhem only ended when Nigeria Customs officers at Elijah Bus Stop intervened, suspecting the driver’s strange behavior. Local motorcycle riders in hot pursuit eventually caught the driver.

At the time of this report, officers from the Morogbo Police Station are investigating the incident.

The Lagos-Badagry Expressway has long been a deathtrap, particularly the section from Agbara to the Badagry and Seme border, which remains dilapidated despite ongoing reconstruction efforts. Four years ago, the Lagos State Government, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Works, began the road’s reconstruction, but only a single lane has been completed in most sections. This has forced motorists to use one lane, leading to devastating accidents daily.

This tragic event underscores the urgent need for the completion of the road to enhance safety and prevent further loss of lives.

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