Some passengers commuting in a commercial bus from Third Mainland bridge inward Iyana-Oworo, Lagos Mainland, escaped yesterday, Sunday, November 4, 2018, as the vehicle somersaulted very close to the Iyana-Oworo lay-by.
It was gathered that eighteen passengers were in the commercial bus which took off from Ajah motor-park and was heading for Iyana Ipaja before the incident occurred.
The driver lost control of the vehicle after the ball joints of the front wheels pulled off in the axis at around 1.39pm, Punch reports.
As a result of the accident, there was a heavy traffic gridlock in the axis before a combined team of officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Neighbourhood and Safety Corps, the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Lagos State Ambulance Services, cleared a portion of the road for movement of stranded motorists.
The rescue team also tended to the victims of the incident providing immediate medical assistance to injured ones while some were taken to the general hospital by the LASAMBUS team for urgent care.
Speaking on the incident, the General Manager of LASEMA, Adebayo Tiamiyu, said the agency received a distress call at about 1.39pm through the emergency toll free line concerning an accident around Third Mainland Bridge inward Iyana Oworo.
“On getting to the scene of the incident, the agency’s response team discovered that a fully loaded Toyota Hiace commercial bus with number plate XR 477 GGE (Lagos), was involved in a lone accident. Further investigation by the LASEMA Response Team at the scene revealed that the accident was caused by a mechanical fault as the ball joint of the vehicle broke while on top speed, a situation which resulted in the bus losing control before somersaulting,” he said.
He added that; “Fortunately, no loss of lives was recorded but most of the passengers sustained various degrees of injury, with some of them taken to the hospital immediately, while six of them with minor injuries were administered with first aid treatment by the joint efforts of paramedics and LASAMBUS officials. The vehicle has been towed off the road with the aid of the agency’s light tow truck and the road is now free and safe for motorists.”
Meanwhile, Tiamiyu urged motorists to ensure that they drive within the approved speed limit and always ensure the roadworthiness of their vehicles before embarking on journeys.