Bus Plunges Into Lagos River, Kills Three


By Victor Ernest

No fewer than three people are said to have died as a luxury bus plunged into Majidun River in Mile 12 area of Lagos state in the early hours of Friday.

Concise News gathered that the fifty-seater bus, said to be carrying over 60 passengers, was travelling from Aba, in Nigeria’s southeast region.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and their Lagos state counterpart, LASEMA, with the aid of some residents, were said to have brought out three bodies from the river.

And an official of NEMA, Babatunde Olowokere, told our correspondent that the incident happened around 3:45am but rescuers did not arrive the scene until 5:03am.

”We got the information around 5:03am, but the incident occurred around 3:45am. They [rescuers] have already recovered three dead bodies and they have been taken to the mortuary and those wounded have been taken to nearest hospitals,” Olowokere said.

A survivor, Chukwu Ernest, who said he had been given first aid treatment, attributed the cause of the accident to over speeding.

He said, ”The driver was on high speed. He didn’t see the road divide, so he hit it and slid into the canal.”

And in a similar vein, another passenger pointed out that there was an oil spillage on the spot of the accident which he said affected the vehicle when it hit the rod, causing it to slip into the canal.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness, Oluwashina Yunusa, blamed the accident on the partitioning of the road. According to him, the partitioning is causing problem and government should address it to forestall another accident.

Remains of a luxury commercial bus traveling from the eastern part of the country, which plunged into a river at Owode-Elede, Ikorodu in Lagos State on Friday 

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