An accident this morning involves a GUO luxury bus travelling Thursday night has plunged into a waste dumping lagoon on reaching the city of Lagos at around 4 am Friday, February 17.
According to report from our correspondents the 47 – 54 passenger commercial bus belonging to GUO Transport Company was allegedly arriving Lagos city from Enugu when it accidentally skidded off the lane and dive head-on into the dirty lagoon at Owode area of Ikorodu Road.
The death toll counted three people, 23 casualties while others escaped unscathed. Some of the passengers reported managed to come out the crashed vehicle minutes after the incident happened and waited for rescue teams to arrive at the scene. According to Ibrahim Farinloye who’s the Public Relations Officer, of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South West, surviving passengers identified the deceased as the driver of the vehicle and two passengers.
Farinloye confirms that 48 survivors were rescued alive, while nine people are being treated at the Emergency Trauma section at the toll gate on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“A luxury bus belonging to GUO motors from Enugu to Lagos plunged into the lagoon at Ikorodu around 3am on Friday. The driver of the bus and two passengers died in the accident and their bodies have been recovered. 48 others were rescued alive, while search and rescue operation still ongoing.
“Some persons were said to have walked out of the river immediately after the incident. That was before the arrival of emergency agencies.”
One of the survivors of the accident said the bus passed through Ikorodu because of the ongoing construction on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“I entered the bus in Onitsha with four of my brothers. It seemed an accident happened in the area before which spilt diesel onto the road. By the time our bus got to the spot, it skidded, hit the culvert and plunged into the river.”
Highways and roads linking to Lagos have recorded several accidents involving commercial buses, trucks, trailers and private vehicles since early last year. Just last two weeks, a truck heavily ladened with loads lost control and ran into a tricycle carrying a young female student of Higher National Diploma of Yaba College, Bukola Ajayi and her little brother.
No matter how fast a commercial driver wishes to get to a destination, there should be paramount consideration towards passengers because it simply means several human lives are at stack. Although this does not imply that over-speeding could have been the only explanation for the luxury bus to plummet into the river. A possible cause for this Friday morning’s accident might include a feeling of fatigue, night driving, distraction (physically or emotionally) bad road – which is common in Nigeria, drowsy driving.
Other causes of Road Accident
- Drunk Driving
- Running Red Lights
- Running Stop Signs
- Underage drivers
- Road design defects
- Unsafe Lane Changes
- Wrong-Way Driving
- Improper turn
- Road Rage
- Deadly Curves
- Animal Crossings
- Reckless driving
- Tire blowouts
Figures recorded by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) showed that 10,050 people die yearly in road accidents and this statistically means there are 27 deaths on the nation’s roads daily, excluding hundreds of victims who suffer various degrees of injuries and permanent disabilities from such road carnages.