April 18, 2017

Easter Tragedy In Lagos: 7 Killed, 19 Injured In Accidents

No fewer than seven people lost their lives on Monday in 2 separate accidents in the Gbagada and Surulere areas of Lagos.

While two passengers died and 14 sustained varying degree of injuries in the Gbagada crash, five died and five others were injured in the Surulere incident.

It was learnt that the Gbagada accident happened after a commercial bus had a head-on collision with a cab at about 3pm.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency rescued the 14 survivors and rushed them to the Gbagada General Hospital and the Trauma Centre, Ikeja.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu, who confirmed the tragedy, noted that the deceased were taken to the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary.

He said, “We received a distress call about the accident at about 3pm. It happened around Gbagada bus stop, inward Anthony.

“Preliminary investigation conducted at the scene revealed that a Volkswagon bus had a head-on collision with a Mazda taxi.

“Fourteen persons were rescued by emergency responders and taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and the Trauma Centre, as they sustained varying degree of injuries.

“Two lives were lost and their remains were moved by the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit to the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary. The damaged vehicles were recovered with the help of our towing truck for free flow of traffic in the area.”

In the Surulere incident, which occurred around 6pm at Funsho Williams Avenue, five passengers lost their lives after a commercial bus burst into flames.

A witness, Rasaq Amao, who spoke with Punch on the phone, said he was playing football inside the National Stadium when he saw smokes billowing into the sky.

“Around 6pm, I suddenly saw heavy smokes billowing into the sky and left with some friends. I traced the smokes to the under bridge area, where a commercial bus was burning,” he said.

Amao stated that four persons were brought out dead from the bus, while other passengers were rescued and rushed to a hospital.

“I saw four dead bodies. People assisted in rescuing some passengers. They have been taken to a hospital. I learnt that the fire was caused by mechanical faults.”

Another witness, who identified himself only as Ola, said LASEMA officials battled to put out the fire, adding that the accident caused a traffic jam on the road.

An emergency worker, who was at the scene, said five people died in the accident.

The bus was descending the bridge inwards the Iponri barracks when the accident happened.

“Five people lost their lives, including three adult females, one adult male and a child. They were all burnt beyond recognition,” he added.

The LASEMA boss, Tiamiyu, who also confirmed the casualty figure, advised motorists, especially commercial bus drivers, to always be safety-conscious.

He added that the accidents would have been avoided if the drivers complied with traffic rules.

16 comments:

godwin progragrammer said...

so sad, RIP

Austine Gabriel said...

Very sad

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Rip to the dead and wish the injured speedy recovery

swift said...

tragic.... too bad

I. C Bruno said...

Sad news

Anurika Onwu said...

Terrible

okorochas justin said...

Hmmm...

God have mercy ....

May the souls of the departed rest in peace... Amen...

Onifade Joseph said...

The tragedy occurred on Easter Day does not make it Easter tragedy, RIP to the dead, God will grant them eternal rest
#Believe

Sunshow said...

Not again, really sad. Rip

Oladimeji Seun said...

This is sad news.RIP

Nasiru Adoke said...

sad monday it was..my heart goes out to the family members of the victims and may there souls rest in peace

inumidun said...

Saddening..

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Rip

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

OMG OMG OMG

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

May the soul of the departed rest of in peace

Ay360 said...

God hav mercy

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