TRAGEDY IN LAGOS AS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVER COLLIDES WITH BRT.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on April 19, 2023
Tragedy struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning as a yet-to-be identified commercial bus driver sadly ost his life after colliding with a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit BRT.
The accident occurred on the Ifako Bridge inward Ogudu on the Oworonshoki Expressway in Lagos, causing a gridlock in traffic around the axis.
An eyewitness report said that the fully loaded commercial bus was coming from Lagos Island and heading to the Ojodu Berger area of the state when the accident occurred.
An unconfirmed report suggest that hoodlums around the area, set the BRT bus in flames upon seeing the dead body of the commercial driver at the scene of the accident, causing further gridlock on the road.
The Spokesperson for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Adebayo Taofiq confirmed the accident, and blamed it on over-speeding by the buses. He said LASTMA officers have been drafted to the scene to ease traffic, Adebayo also affirms that traffic Police were already at the scene of the accident to help with the traffic gridlock.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), in statement, said:
Further Investigation revealed that the BRT Bus suddenly lost control them rammed into the commercial bus from behind causing the yellow commuter bus to upturn.
Unfortunately an adult male (driver) of the bus lost his life to the incident while several others were injured but had been moved to the nearest hospital.
This prompted angry mobs to set the BRT Bus on fire .
The Agency’s LRT are at the scene alongside Lagos state fire and rescue service , Nigeria Police Force and LASTMA.
However the body had been bagged by the Agency’s LRT at the scene and handed over the police officer at the scene.
The burnt carcass had been recovered with the aid of a private tow truck provided by LBSL (Lagos bus service limited) the road is now free for vehicular activities.