It was weeping and crying yesterday at Otedola Bridge when a commercial bus was engulfed in flames About 11 persons were pronounced dead on Thursday after a commercial bus with 14 passengers on board went up in flames on the Otedola Bridge in the Berger area of Lagos.
It was learnt that the deceased comprised eight males and three females while three persons were rescued from the wreckage alive. with serious injuries
It was gathered that the bus was at top speed heading towards Berger from the Mushin area of the state when one of its tyres burst.
The bus was said to have somersaulted several times before it was engulfed in flames.
Officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the state Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigerian police were on the scene of the crash.
An eyewitness, Ojo Daramola, said the accident happened around 6pm, adding that the driver had struggled to stop the bus but his efforts failed.
He said, “I wanted to buy a satchet of water when I heard the sound of a crash. A few seconds after, the bus exploded and all the passengers were trapped. The fire raged for some minutes before emergency officials came for rescue operation. People by the roadside fled to safety. I learnt the bus was coming from Mushin. Most of the passengers died.”
The LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Michael Akindele, confirmed that 11 people died in the crash.
He said three persons rescued from the explosion had been taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit at Toll gate for treatment while the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the Mainland General Hospital’s morgue.