A 43-year-old father of three has been crushed to death by a tanker driver at Second Rainbow Bus Stop, Mile 2 end of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
The deceased, Noah Akinloye, a bus conductor was killed when the driver identified only as Abbey had brake failure while he was held up in traffic.
According to PUNCH Metro Akinloye’s colleaguie, Lawal Abiodun, a bus driver and passengers in the vehicle witnessed the fatal incident. Abiodun said the accident happened all of a sudden.
“When we got to Second Rainbow, there was a traffic jam because of people that wanted to alight from another bus; I was in the middle lane when I heard a sudden bang. Our vehicle was hit by a truck from the back. The hit made my bus to turn around and face another lane.
“I don’t know how my conductor fell from the bus. I saw him lying lifeless where the tanker had killed him.
“About three other people that sat at the back sustained injuries and when they saw that the conductor was dead, they simply went their way,” he said.
The deceased’s wife, Sadiat Akinloye, said she was feeling uneasy but didn’t have an idea of what had happened.
“People had heard about the incident in our compound, but they didn’t tell me. The driver told me that they were in front when the tanker hit their vehicle by the side.
“I was told that my husband was collecting money from passengers when the tanker driver hit him; he fell from the bus and something in the tanker hooked his clothes.
“He was struggling to unhook himself; but because the brakes of the tanker had failed, the tyres crushed him,” she added.
The widow lamented that the deceased had been the breadwinner of the family, adding that he didn’t allow her to work.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, had yet to react to the story as of press time.