A yet-to-be-identified motor boy has been crushed to death by a truck driver inward Sunrise along the Oshodi – Apapa Expressway.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 2:30 pm on Sunday.
Additionally, it was gathered that the truck driver crushed the motorboy who was sleeping under his truck while attempting to follow other truck drivers to Tin Can Port Gate, Apapa.
In a statement made available to PUNCH Metro by the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofiq, it was disclosed that the driver of the fully laden containerised truck with registration number T-1360LA was trying to go together with other heavy trucks heading inward Tin Can Port Gate, Apapa, when he inadvertently crushed a motor boy who was sleeping under his vehicle.
He added that the truck driver fled the scene as soon as the tragedy occurred and the motor boy was pronounced dead after being sent to a nearby hospital,
Taofiq stated that LASTMA officials led by Traffic Officer Adams Lateef Zebra Zone 13 Apapa quickly caught him and turned him over to police officers from the Trinity Police Division in the Apapa region.
Taofiq said “A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the fully loaded containerised truck (T_1360LA) unknowingly crushed a motor boy who was sleeping under his truck while the driver was trying to move along with other loaded trucks going inward Tin Can Port Gate, Apapa.
“Immediately the unfortunate incident happened and the motor boy was confirmed dead after rushing him to a nearby hospital, the truck driver took to his heels but was immediately apprehended by LASTMA officials led by Traffic Officer Adams Lateef ‘Zebra’ (Zone 13) Apapa.
“The truck driver was later handed over by LASTMA Officials to Policemen from the Trinity Police Division area of Apapa for further investigation.
The acting General Manager, LASTMA, Bakare Oki advised truck drivers to inspect their trucks to make sure nothing was discovered underneath before embarking on a journey.
”The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bakare Oki appealed to drivers to always ensure they always check around their trucks to ascertain nothing was found before embarking on any movement.
“While sympathising with the deceased’s family, Mr. Bakare Oki sent his condolences.”