Bloody crashes leave 10 killed with 23 others injured in Lagos

– About ten people have been killed in two separate
crashes in Lagos
– Twenty-three others have been reportedly injured
following the tragic accidents
– The incidents took place at Third Mainland Bridge and
Mile 12 areas of the Lagos metropolis
Ten people were reportedly killed while twenty three others
injured in two separate auto crashes in Lagos, Wednesday
night and Thursday respectively.

Ten people have reportedly died following fatal crashes
in Lagos.
A bus driver and eight other persons reportedly died on the
spot when on Wednesday, June 15, their Mazda bus with
number plate, AKD 292 XL, rammed into a stationary truck
at the University of Lagos Waterfront end of the Third
Mainland Bridge. While on Thursday, June 16, one person
died in an accident involving a Volkswagen commercial bus
with 18 passengers on board which somersaulted on its
way to Mile 12 from Lagos Island at Alapere inward toll-
gate.
In the accident on the Third Mainland Bridge, three other
passengers, who sustained serious injuries, were said to
have been taken to the Gbagada General Hospital,
Gbagada.
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The driver of the truck reportedly fled the scene after
seeing the enormity of the fatality.
Punch reports that an angry mob, which besieged the
scene, set fire to the truck and injured an official of the
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
Firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service later put out
the fire as the Lagos state commissioner of police, Fatai
Owoseni, appeased the youths.
A witness and bus driver, who identified himself simply as
Kunmi, said the incident happened around 10pm, adding
that nine persons died.
Kunmi, who spoke in Yoruba, explained that the failure of
the truck driver to put a sign on the road to indicate that his
vehicle had broken down, led to the tragedy.
He said: “The bus was coming from Ajah/Lekki area en
route to Oshodi. It was on the Third Mainland Bridge,
moving toward Oworonsoki. There was, however, a truck
that had broken down on the road. The engine was still
running.
“The driver of the bus, who did not see the truck, rammed
into it.
“People were not willing to stop their vehicles to assist the
victims. I met some policemen on the ground. We used my
spanner to break open the door. But the passengers were
trapped. We wanted to use my vehicle to pull the bus from
the truck, but we couldn’t. We later stopped another truck,
which assisted us.
“A rescue agency later brought a sledgehammer that we
used to open up the vehicle and bring out nine bodies,
including that of the driver, Segun. The driver still had the
fares he collected in his hand. He didn’t have a conductor.
We left the scene around 2am on Thursday.”
Kunmi said policemen from the Adekunle division and
officials of LASEMA, and the State Environmental Health
Monitoring Unit were part of the rescue operation.
He said three survivors, who were in critical conditions,
were taken in an ambulance to the Gbagada General
Hospital.
An official of LASTMA, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, however, claimed that eight people died, saying
their remains were mangled.
The official said the Lagos CP gave some money to the
family of the driver, who insisted on taking the body to
Ibadan, Oyo State, for burial.
He said, “The driver of the bus was at top speed when he
rammed into the stationary truck. About 80 per cent of the
bus was crushed and that was why the driver and
passengers on the first three rows died on the spot. Three
people at the back, who did not die, lost their limbs.
“SEHMU wanted to take all the corpses to the mortuary, but
the friends and family members of the driver insisted on
taking him to Ibadan the same night. The Lagos CP,
Owoseni, gave them some money and asked a police escort
to follow them.”
The LASTMA official said a mob, made up of sympathizers
and some hoodlums, set fire to the truck that caused the
accident.
He said the mob wanted to cause more destruction but the
police boss urged them to be calm, assuring that justice
would be served.
The General Manager of LASEMA, Michael Akindele, said
five people died in the accident.
He said: “According to the investigation conducted by
LASEMA’s Emergency Response Team, the commercial bus
rammed into the stationary truck while speeding.
“The vehicle was later extricated by the ERT, and five male
bodies were recovered dead. Six other adult male victims
were rescued alive with severe injuries. They were taken to
the Accident and Emergency Centre (Trauma Centre) and
the Gbagada General Hospital by LASAMBUS.
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“The dead bodies were also removed by SEHMU to the
Mainland Hospital Mortuary, except the bus driver whose
body was released at the request of the family members
and friends through the intervention of the Lagos State
Commissioner of Police, who was present at the scene of
the accident.”
Akindele said the mob that burnt the truck also injured an
official of the agency, adding that the state firefighters put
out the fire.
The LASEMA boss, while commiserating with the families of
the deceased, urged motorists to be cautious while driving
at night.
A top official of the Gbagada General Hospital said three
victims were brought to the hospital.
“Three of the accident victims were brought to the hospital;
none of them died. Two are fully conscious; they had
bruises. One is still unconscious,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos,
confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were
ongoing.
She said: “We are investigating the case. The CP was at the
scene of the incident. It was an accident that could have
been prevented.”

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