Some residents of Iyana Ipaja area of Alimosho have decried the slow response of the Lagos State Emergency Response Management Agency Response Unit (LRU).
This occurred after an unidentified grandmother was maimed on her left leg by a truck yesterday, August 19.
Our Community learnt that the victim was hit by the truck while trying to cross the road with her grandson.
“The truck was trying to maneuver its way through this road. There are a lot of cars packed by the roadside. The truck drove towards the woman who was trying to cross the road.
“She was holding a child of about six years old. She had to throw the boy. As she did that, she fell into the gutter. Her leg was outside the gutter but the truck caught her left leg and she was seriously injured,” an eyewitness who preferred anonymity said.
While some residents told Our Community that the driver ran away from the scene to avoid being caught, another resident said that the driver was taken away by “some MOPOLs”.
It was further gathered that the residents put a call through to the emergency lines 112 and 767 for help moments after the incident which occurred at 7pm along Iyana-Ipaja road.
Another resident who simply identified himself as John blamed the LRU for not showing up.
He said, “We have been calling the emergency response lines. They said they are coming. We have been waiting for them.”
Another resident at the scene, Jide Babalola, noted that he called both 112 and 767 emergency lines, stressing that multiple individuals tried the lines.
“If we take her to a private hospital, they may not take her. We have called the woman’s relative. They are on their way.
“We are expecting the emergency response team since. They said there was go-slow along the road. This is over 10 minutes now,” he said.
Another eyewitness, Shola, said the woman was lucky to be alive, noting that she had been immobile for hours on the ground while waiting for the emergency response.
“Some women would have died staying that long. It is because she is a strong woman. She is old to have undergone such pain. We expect more from the emergency response,” she said.
When our reporter got to the scene of the incident, he observed some boys in the area damaging the front glass and side mirrors of the truck in a bid to retaliate.
Our Community learnt that the victim’s family members later visited the scene in an Uber as she was lifted into the vehicle by some men and driven to the general hospital.