Seven passengers died on Sunday after a commercial bus caught fire at Iyana-Oworo, within Lagos’ third mainland bridge area.
Olufemi Osanyintolu-Oke, undersecretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement that five of the 12 passengers survived the incident.
He said an investigation into the incident revealed that it “was caused by recklessness and excessive speed by the driver, which resulted in the entrapment of 12 passengers and the start of the fire.”
A video shared online showed the vehicle on fire and charred bodies.
“Unfortunately, seven victims (four women, two adult men and one male child) were burned to death on the bus,” the statement said.
“All the remains were bagged by the authorities’ LRT paramedics and LASAMBUS officers and handed over to SEHMU.”
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According to Osanyintolu-Oke, the survivors included the driver, one male and three female adults, who “were transported to Gbagada General Hospital while LASAMBUS was tending to the male adult on site. You got me”.
He said arrangements had been made by Lagos State Transport Authority officials to evacuate the burnt vehicles from the road.
He added that the road was partially opened for vehicular activity.
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