Driver Seriously Injured As Dangote Truck Damages Part Of Mokola Flyover Bridge In Ibadan
By Henry Odeh
A cement truck said to belong to Dangote Cement Plc. has damaged part of Mokola Flyover Bridge in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo state.
The accident which occured around 8:30am on Tuesday has led to the driver of the truck securing severe injury and has since been taken to the emergency section at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan by the rescue team of OYRTMA.
Speaking exclusively with Sunrisebulletin on Tuesday July 27 via the phone over the incident, Bashorun, Saint Abbey, one of Governor Seyi Makinde disciples and an Ibadan resident around the scene said he immediately alerted concerned Government authorities adding that government has responded appropriately and the situation has been brought under control.
According to a short video clip of the scene obtained by Sunrisebulletin on Tuesday, officials of Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA) were seen towing the affected truck towards Mokola Police station.
The Mokola Flyover Bridge which was constructed by the immediate past administration in Oyo state was designed with a barrier to the top to prevent heavy duty trucks and other heavy duty vehicles from gaining access to drive on the bridge.
The barrier which provides access to only cars and Sport Utility Vehicles according to the last administration was to enable the bridge last long and stand the test of time.
In his reaction, the Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Akin Fagbemi, said “Thanks for your concern. The accident occurred around 8.30am involving a trailer loaded with cement belonging to Dangote cement plc dated 20th July, 2021.
“OYRTMA rescue team assisted the driver who was badly injured to the emergency section at UCH while we towed the truck to Mokola police station for further investigation.
“It was agreed that the barrier will be fixed before releasing the truck. We thank God that no life was lost and we appreciate our amiable Governor for providing the towing truck used by OYRTMA.”