A public bus had a fatal accident yesterday in Maryland, Lagos leaving some of its passengers completely burnt and some, with a little scratch.
The Danfo bus (a popular name for Volkswagen buses in Nigeria) with the registration number, KTW 479 XQ was descending the sloppy road along Maryland under bridge on Friday afternoon 7-4-2017 when it lost its brakes. The driver was not able to control the bus, so he hit the culvert demarcating the road. Eye witnesses said this bad bet made the bus somersault and eventually busting in flames.
The accident claimed lives of most of the commuters leaving two women (identified as fish sellers) completely burnt (they were most likely sitting at the back) while four other occupants of the bus sustained injuries.One of the victims, a heavily pregnant woman was seriously burnt before help could come her way. The two women were believed to be fish sellers coming from Oyingbo where they had gone to buy fish. The danfo was heading towards Ikeja when the incident happened.
According to another eyewitness account, the danfo was trying to overtake a Toyota Highland, which was equally speedily descending the Maryland Bridge when it somersaulted and caught fire instantly.
The driver, conductor and four other occupants of the bus were reported to have escaped with injuries while the ladies who were trapped in the fire completely got burnt.
LASEMA and RRS officials were present at the scene to control the aftermath of the accident.
The remains of the victims have taken to Ikeja General Hospital while the burnt vehicle has been evacuated.
Those with injuries have equally being given first aid treatment and while those with serious wounds have been transfered to General Hospital, Ikeja by the Lagos State Ambulance Emergency Services (LASEMBUS).
What makes this story unique is that a very good friend survived this accident and he is in steady condition.
I pray that God grants him speedy recovery.
Here at pictures.