A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), his wife, their two children and a church worker, were crushed to death by two containers yesterday in Lagos while on their way home from the monthly Holy Ghost vigil of the church.
Three others were injured.
Pastor Charles Ito and his wife Rosaline were killed. The names of the children and the church worker could not be immediately confirmed.
The Nation gathered that two tyres of the truck carrying the containers unexpectedly lost pressure which made the vehicle tilt heavily on one side, just by the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) terminal on the Lagos /Ikorodu road, Ojota.
The truck soon lost its balance, flinging the two containers down and on the mini bus in which the pastor and other victims were travelling.
Among those rescued were Olasunkanmi Adeogun and another young man identified as Ifeanyi.
All the victims are from RCCG Province 8, sources said yesterday.They said the bus belonged to the late pastor.
Eyewitnesses said the trailer driver fled the scene as soon as the accident occurred. His conductor was however apprehended and handed over to the police.
Hoodlums who got to the scene early were said to have attempted to rob the rescue workers.