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Container falls, kills commercial motorcyclist and his passenger

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A 40 – foot container fell off the truck conveying it and crushed two unidentified men in Mowe , Ogun State , close to a car park of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway .Eyewitnesses said the crash , which occurred around 1 . 30 pmon Wednesday , was caused by over – speeding and loss of control on the part of the truck driver .

There were four male passengers in the truck , including the driver , when the incident happened .

Police officers immediately intervened to prevent the occupants of the truck from being lynched by a mob .

The truck , an IVECO model articulated vehicle , was marked Lagos APP 109 XQ .

Confirming the incident , Mr . Babatunde Akinbiyi , the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps , told the News Agency of Nigeria that the driver was already in police custody.

“ The truck lost control and fell on the commercial motorcyclist and the passenger he was carrying , killing both men on the spot.

“ Their bodies have been deposited at Fakoya Morgue in Sagamu , while the crushed motorcycle , truck and driver are in the custody of the RCCG Police Command .

“ TRACE is again using this opportunity to plead with drivers of articulated vehicles to avoid excessive speeding .

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“ They should always carry out proper maintenance on their vehicles before embarking on any journey because of the attendant consequences , ” he said .

( NAN )

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