No fewer than 10 passengers have been killed, while 12 others were severely burnt after a Mazda car collided with a loaded commercial bus at the Iya-Afin bus stop, in the Badagry area of Lagos.
While the commercial bus, with number plate, LAR 279 DK, was heading inwards Badagry, the Mazda, with number plate, KJA 6454 XF, was going in the opposite direction.
The commercial bus driver was reported to have driven against the traffic to evade customs officers who were trailing him in their patrol van.
The two vehicles were said to have had a collision in the process.
As injured passengers made to extricate themselves from the wreckage, jerrycans of fuel tucked in the booth of the Mazda reportedly triggered an explosion.
While 10 of the passengers were burnt to death, 12 survivors were said to be on a watch list due to the severe burns they sustained.
Our correspondents gathered that rescue agents from the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Fire Service and the Badagry Police Division responded to the emergency.
The survivors were said to have been rushed to the Badagry General Hospital, while the corpses were deposited in the hospital’s morgue.
A resident, Seun Adebayo, said the incident happened around 8pm on Monday, adding that a pregnant woman and a teenage boy, identified as Mustapha, survived the crash.
He said Mustapha was inside the commercial bus and had gone to buy some goods.
He said, “The incident happened around 8pm. The bus, coming from Badagry veered into the path of the car heading towards Seme. The bus driver was trying to evade arrest because customs officers were on the road. The two vehicles collided in the process and went up in flames. A friend counted seven burnt corpses.
“A pregnant woman and a trader, Mustapha, were lucky to have escaped. They live around here, but their families want privacy for them for now because they are still in shock.”