About 11 persons were killed 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, Punch reports.
The bus was said to have been moving on top speed from the Mushin area of the state when one of its tyres burst.
According to the report, the bus was engulfed in flames after it somersaulted several times.
Eyewitnesses say the tragic incident took place at about 6PM.
“A 14-passenger Volkswagon commercial bus at top speed somersaulted after it tyre burst. The bus burst into fire afterwards. Eleven persons — three females and eight males — were burnt dead while three persons were rescued alive. They were taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit. We want to identify the deceased and hand them over to their families,” said Michael Akindele, the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
According to the Lagos Police Command PRO,SP Dolapo Badmos, the driver of the bus who escaped the incident, fled the scene.
“The command’s operatives from the Isheri division received a call that an 18-seater bus heading towards Berger from Mushin was involved in a lone accident and caught fire. A total number of 11 people consisting three women and eight men were burnt to death instantly while four others have been rushed to the hospital.
Investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle escaped the inferno and later fled the scene immediately the accident occurred. Policemen and firefighters are on ground to put out the fire and clear the obstruction the accident might have caused,” she said.