Many lives were spared on Monday when a container-laden truck crashed into the gate of the National Secretariat of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) in Ikotun, Lagos.
Safety Record gathered that the incident occurred at 4.45 pm.
National Spokesman of ISPON, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu confirmed the incident, stating that no life was lost.
He explained that the truck, which was laden with a 40-foot container, was approaching Ikotun from Ile-Iwe bus-stop when it experienced brake failure.
He said that this caused the driver to lose control of the articulated vehicle.
According to Iwuagwu, the vehicle knocked down a man, bashed a car, before ramming into the institute’s gate and breaching its wall.
“The driver knocked down somebody. He was dodging killing some people who were too close on the roadside of his lane and crossed the partition of the road into the other lane returning from Ikotun to Isolo, and entered into our office.
“It was coming from Ile-Iwe side and then it swung across at Bolorunpelu Bus-Stop, pressing a car that was just close to our gate into the gutter and then smashing the wall down.
“It brought the wall down and crushed the gate.”
Iwuagwu, who is also the Lagos State Coordinator of ISPON, explained that although no institute’s personnel, member or student was injured, the situation could have been worse.
He disclosed that the Lagos branch of the institute was billed to commence training on that day but the training was postponed.
Iwuagwu said, “It was coincidental that I just gave instruction after consideration with other members of the staff and professionals in charge of training that we should change the training date.
“We were supposed to start training yesterday (Monday) but we said, ‘this is first training for the year; let’s give more interval for people to register.
“We had to move from 13th which was originally online.
“And that was maybe what saved the calamity that would have affected the institute because students would have just closed from lectures. We normally close around that time – 5 pm.
“They would have all been in front of the gate trying to board vehicles to their destinations.”
The ISPON spokesman added that the affected car was driving along the road and was just by the institute’s gate when the incident occurred.
He said that the truck pushed the Toyota car marked FST 329 FK into the gutter and climbed its bonnet.