Tragedy hit Lagos communities on Monday after seven persons were crushed to death in two separate accidents that occurred in the Gbagada and Surulere areas of the state.
It was gathered that while two passengers lost their lives and 14 others were seriously injured in the Gbagada mishap, five died and several others were injured in the Surulere incident. The Gbagada crash happened after a commercial bus had a head-on collision with a cab at about 3pm.
Similarly, in the Surulere incident, which occurred around 6pm within the Funsho Williams Avenue, five passengers lost their lives after a commercial bus burst into flames. Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency were said to have rescued the 14 survivors and rushed them to the Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada, and the Trauma Centre, Ikeja.
The General Manager of LASEMA, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu, noted that the deceased were taken to the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary. He said, “We received a distress call about the accident at about 3pm. It happened around Gbagada bus stop, inward Anthony. “Preliminary investigation conducted at the scene revealed that a Volkswagon bus had a head-on collision with a Mazda taxi. “Fourteen persons were rescued by emergency responders and taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and the Trauma Centre, as they sustained varying degree of injuries.
“Two lives were lost and their remains were moved by the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit to the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary. The damaged vehicles were recovered with the help of our towing truck for free flow of traffic in the area.”