A tragic incident took place on Thursday, 21st July about 6PM: a commercial 14-seater bus with passengers on board went up in flames on the Otedola Bridge in the Berger Lagos, killing 11 persons.
According to the reports by Punch, the bus was said to be moving on top speed from the Mushin area when one of its tyres burst, leading to the ghastly fire accident.
Eyewitnesses say the bus somersaulted several times and went into flames thereafter. However, the incident has been confirmed by the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Michael Akindele.
“A 14-passenger Volkswagon commercial bus at top speed somersaulted after it tyre burst. The bus burst into fire afterwards. Eleven persons — three females and eight males — were burnt dead while three persons were rescued alive. They were taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit. We want to identify the deceased and hand them over to their families,” said Michael Akindele.
According to the Lagos Police Command PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, the driver of the bus who escaped the incident, fled the scene.
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“The command’s operatives from the Isheri division received a call that an 18-seater bus heading towards Berger from Mushin was involved in a lone accident and caught fire. A total number of 11 people consisting three women and eight men were burnt to death instantly while four others have been rushed to the hospital.
“Investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle escaped the inferno and later fled the scene immediately the accident occurred. Policemen and firefighters are on ground to put out the fire and clear the obstruction the accident might have caused,” she said.
Sadly, the victims are yet to be identified and their families yet to be notified about the tragedy. May the souls of the departed rest in peace!