Five people were feared dead on Sunday evening in an accident which occurred on the 3rd Mainland Bridge inward Iyana-Oworoshoki by UNILAG waterfront.
Confirming the tragic incident, in a statement, the Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEPA, Michael Akindele, disclosed that the accident involved a LAGBUS luxury bus, a Hilux truck belonging to a local vigilance group and a Rover jeep.
13 other passengers were injured in the accident.
The statement read: “The accident occurred around 6.10 pm on the Third Mainland Bridge inward Iyana Oworo, by UNILAG Waterfront. It involved three vehicles, a LAGBUS, a Hilux truck belonging to a local vigilante group, and a Rover Jeep.
“Five persons comprising: three female adults and two children died in the accident.
“Their bodies had been had been deposited at the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary by the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU).
“Five others who sustained injuries had been transported by LASAMBUS to another general hospital’s trauma centre.
“Security and others agencies on ground to ensure free flow of traffic after the accident included : LASTMA, FRSC, Nigerian Police and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).”
The statement added that the LASEMA response unit had also recovered the affected vehicles from the scene of the accident.
Another source who witnessed the incident explained that the driver of the truck drove at top speed and had a blowout before somersaulting.
He said, “The truck driver was at top speed when he had a blowout and somersaulted. The truck crashed into the other vehicles, including the LAGBUS. In all, two vehicles somersaulted in the accident. Five people died and 13 were injured.”