Seven passengers died on Sunday after a commercial bus caught fire in Iyana-Oworo, in the inner area of Lagos’s Third Mainland Bridge.
Olufemi Osanyintolu-Oke, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), in a statement said that five of the 12 passengers survived the incident.
He said the investigation of the incident revealed that “it occurred due to the recklessness and excessive speed of the driver, which caused the fire with 12 passengers trapped.”
A video shared online showed the vehicle on fire and the bodies burned.
“Unfortunately, seven victims burned to death (four women, two adult men and one child) on the bus,” the statement read.
“All remains have been bagged by Agency LRT Paramedics, LASAMBUS officials and handed over to SEHMU.”
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Mr. Osanyintolu-Oke said the survivors include the driver, a male and three adult women who were “rushed to Gbagada General Hospital while LASAMBUS was treating the adult male at the scene.”
He said officials from the Lagos State Transport Management Agency have made arrangements to evacuate the burnt-out vehicle from the road.
He added that the road had been partially enabled for vehicular activities.