Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road.
A child, three women and a man were burnt beyond recognition. They were later recovered from the bus. The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adehina Tiamiyu, said investigation carried out by the agency revealed that a Volkswagen bus with registration number AND 996 XC caught fire as it descended the bridge inward Barracks.
Tiamiyu added that the incident occurred about 6.44 p.m. He said: “Five persons (a child, three women and one male adult) were burnt beyond recognition and were recovered from the bus. However, five people were also rescued and rushed to the hospital with severe burnt injuries. Recovery efforts are ongoing as we speak.”
Also yesterday, two persons died at Gbagada area of Lagos when another Danfo conveying 14 passengers lost control and collided with Taxi, killing two persons and injuring 14 others.
The accident occurred at Gbagada bus stop when the vehicle with registration number GGE 716 XM, inward Anthony, had a mechanical fault before colliding with the taxi.
Two of the 14 passengers lost The bus being towed away their lives immediately while 14 persons, among them the driver and the conductor of bus as well as passengers in the taxi were rushed to Gbagada General Hospital and Burns and Trauma Centre by Lagos State Ambulance Bus Service (LASAMBUS) and the LASEMA paramedics owing to degrees of injury sustained in the crash.
It was learnt that LASEMA’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrived the scene of the accident a few minutes after it occurred to rescue the injured victims and recover the deceased. The LASEMA General Manager, Tiamiyu, told our correspondent that the injured victims had been attended to.
He said: “Fourteen persons were rescued by our team and were rushed to Gbagada General Hospital and Burns and Trauma Centre by Lagos State Ambulance Bus Service (LASAMBUS) and the LASEMA paramedics because they sustained different degrees of injury.”
Tiamiyu added that bodies of those died had been moved by State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary. According to him, the damaged vehicles, recovered with the aid of LASEMA’s towing truck, had also been moved away from the road to avoid another incident and ensure free flow of traffic.
The LASEMA boss also advised motorists, especially commercial bus drivers, to adhere to safety measures while driving on the road. Meanwhile, a commercial driver, whose identity was still unknown at press time died as three vehicles crashed in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The accident, which occurred around Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero area of Abeokuta at 2.05 p.m, also left five other persons injured.
The three cars involved were a Nissan Micra taxi with registration number Ogun SGM 918 XA, Honda Accord marked Lagos EKY 191 XA and a Nissan taxi with registration number Ogun AYE 814 XA.
Witnesses said the incident occurred after the Honda Accord had a brake failure and the driver lost control in the process. The car was said to have veered off its lane and rammed into the oncoming Nissan Micra taxi, killing the cab driver instantly. The Public Relations Officer of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the accident.
He said that another Nissan taxi was also involved. Akinbiyi said TRACE officials rushed to the accident scene and carried out rescue efforts. He said: “Our operatives, who were at the accident scene, said they gathered that the Honda Accord was headed to Ibadan but suffered a brake failure and the driver lost control of the vehicle.
“The car then veered off its lane and rammed into an oncoming Nissan Micra taxi, killing its driver instantly. “Another Nissan taxi was also involved in that accident. Five others were injured in the multiple crash, two adults and three children.”
The TRACE spokesman said the injured victims had been taken to the Sacred Heart Catholic Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta, for medical attention. He added that policemen attached to Obantoko Station later arrested the driver of the Honda Accord, whose identity was yet to be ascertained.