By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Three school pupils and two local government cleaners, on Tuesday, had a close shave with death when a 40 feet container fell off the hook in front of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Secretariat in Ogun State.
It was gathered that the students and the cleaners were able to see the reckless driving of the truck that carried the container as it was negotiating a bend and quickly ran away from the falling container, thus escaped being crushed.
The Area Commander of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Adekunle Ajibade, who confirmed the incident, said that no life was lost in the accident.
Ajibade attributed the cause of the accident, which occurred at about 7.00 am., to excessive speeding and reckless driving.
“TRACE and other sister agencies moved in immediately, and because it happened on the major road of Anglican/Awolowo road, we had to quickly engaged the services of private Crane and Flatbed operators.
Thank God that no life was lost in the lone accident which involved only the container,” he said.
It was also gathered that the driver, believing the container must have fallen on people, ran away from the scene and absconded.
Ajibade said that the container had no registration number, while the driver absconded, leaving the truck and container on the road before TRACE personnel and other sister agencies got to the scene of the accident.
He said that the container had been towed off the road to TRACE Office and to enable free flow of traffic in the area.