by Isi Esene
About six people were injured yesterday at the Ebute Ero area of Lagos Island when a LAGBUS collided with a commercial bus.
Witnesses say the LAGBUS was heading towards Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) when the incident happened.
Reports say the LAGBUS with registration number, Lagos KSF76XA, illegally stopped for a passenger to alight and immediately made to join the expressway when it hit the commercial bus with registration number, Ogun XC595JGB.
A witness who craved anonymity said, “Around 7:30am, a passenger alighted from the LAGBUS adjacent to Ebute Ero Police Station. LAGBUS drivers are fond of dropping off passengers there even though it is illegal.
“The commercial bus was speeding behind the LAGBUS and was attempting to overtake it when it was hit. The LAGBUS rammed the vehicle into the railings, almost plunging it into the lagoon.”
Many passengers in the commercial bus sustained varying injuries and were quickly evacuated from the bus to the General Hospital, Broad Street.
A trader, Martin Adelabu, said the green bus was heading for Lagos Island from Abeokuta, Ogun State. He said most of the victims had broken legs.
“The victims are very lucky that the accident occurred adjacent to a police station, if not, they might not have survived. I was told that they left Abeokuta this morning and were heading towards Lagos Island,” he said.
According to Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, the general manager, Lagos Emergency Management Agency: “We were told there was an accident on Third Mainland Bridge and we rushed down to the scene but we did not see anything. Members of the public should please refrain from sending out false messages so that we can serve you better.”
While referring to the rumours going the rounds that a BRT bus plunged into the Lagos Lagoon, he said it was untrue and warned the public to desist from spreading falsehood.