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Eleven Burnt To Death In Lagos Accident Yesterday


A ghastly motor accident that occurred on Otedola Bridge, Berger area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria Thursday evening has claimed eleven lives who were reported burnt to death.

The dead include eight males and three females, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has confirmed.

General Manager, LASEMA, Michael Akindele said the accident occurred around 6:10pm on Thursday.

He said the 18-seater passenger Volkswagen commercial bus with Lagos colour lost its brake, somersaulted and caught fire.

“Eleven persons, which include three females and eight males were burnt to death. Three persons were rescued alive and taken to the accident and emergency unit at the toll gate,” he confirmed.

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Akindele said the bus was going to Berger before the accident occurred on Otedola Bridge.

LASEMA’s response team, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Fire Service and the Nigerian Police were involved in the rescue.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmos also confirmed the tragedy. She disclosed that the command’s operatives from Isheri-Berger 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 comprising three women and eight men were burnt to death instantly, while four others have been rushed to the hospital. The vehicle which was on top speed, the police learnt, hit the kerb, somersaulted three times and burst into flames.

“Investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle jumped out of the burning vehicle and fled. Policemen and fire fighters were on ground to put out the fire and clear the obstruction caused by the accident,” she added.

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