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Lagos:Three dead, 13 injured in bus accident on Third Mainland Bridge

Three people died instantly, and thirteen others sustained injuries from a road crash that took place at Car Wash, Oworosoki Expressway exit of the Third Mainland Bridge on Tuesday morning.

The accident involved a truck belonging to the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and two commercial vehicles popularly known as ‘Danfo' and ‘Molue.' According to eyewitnesses, the Molue (a fabricated 44-seater bus) lost control and ran into a moving Danfo bus. The Danfo Bus (15 seater bus) subsequently swerved into the LAWMA truck which was about to exit the express way.

"A LAWMA truck wanted to make a U-turn to collect dustbin under the bridge. He did not check his mirror well and as it was making the U-turn, a Molue bus don hit a bus wey dey come. That is how the bus run into the truck," said Tunde Ibrahim, a recharge card seller who witnessed the incident while coming to work at 9am yesterday.

The result of the collusion completely wrecked the Danfo bus and resulted in the instantaneous death of two passengers, while a LAWMA staff died while receiving first aid treatment. Most of the injured, who were coming from Lagos Island where they went to buy goods, were evacuated to St Daniel's Hospital, located about 100m away from the scene of the accident. A few were taken to Gbagada General Hospital. Adewale Ogunkoya, the Administrator of St Daniel's, confirmed that thirteen injured persons were brought into the hospital..

The state of the injured

"Yes we had them brought in about two and half hours ago," he said. "We were able to admit 8 out of the 13 but the remaining 5 were in very critical condition. They had fractures, some were bleeding from the nose and mouth, while others could not regain consciousness. We had to just administer first-aid to and transfer them to the Gbagada General Hospital with the help of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS). All 8 have been stabilized. They are presently coming out of shock and most of them are now conscious."

"The victims sustained fractures on the leg and lacerations on the body and the head, but the hospital was able to stabilize the four men and women, supply them with drip and stitch the areas where they were badly cut. We felt bad, the moment we heard about it, and we alerted the whole hospital staff to get ready for the emergency because the patients may be brought because it happened very close to us, so we were ready. Some could not talk because they were in a state of shock He added the patients where attended to immediately without billing," he added.

A mother of one of the victims, Iyabo Animashaun, expressed gratitude to God for sparing the life of her daughter. "I just want to thank God that she did not have more than a gash on her head," she said. "It may look nasty but at least she is alive. The doctors just want her here for some time to make sure everything is okay before she is discharged."

At the Gbagada General Hospital, the situation of the victims who were referred there could not be ascertained as the hospital's administrative officers refused to left NEXT see some of the injured passengers. One of the administrative officers, who requested anonymity, confirmed that some accident victims were brought in but could not comment on their condition as he was not involved in their treatment. "Even if they are here, how do you expect us to know how they are doing? Are we their doctors?"

Happily injured

Florence Shotola, a 48-year-old trader who was in the Danfo bus, said she was coming from Adeniyi Adele in Lagos Island, and was on her way to Mile 12. "I have four children, I am very happy I did not die. I am better now thank God for the doctor," she said. Also one of the youngest victims in the hospital, 18-year-old Shifaru Abduasalam, who had bruises on her left eye and her left hand. The young mother, who is also a trader, told NEXT that she is very happy the accident did not cause the death of her child.

The identity of the three persons who died in the accident could not be determined as at press time. The wrecked vehicles resulted in several hours of traffic congestion along the mainland section of the Third Mainland Bridge before officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority arrived to clear the vehicles.

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Comment by Tripple seass on March 24, 2011 at 4:37pm
lagos state government is developing schools,roads,areas,planting flowers,bringing brt buses,developing different law agencies,is a pity that all this is done for ghost and for them selfs.as we all know a governor should do all these things afterall is our money.they have sucessful sent 35%lagosians to de hospital 25%back to their villages 20% are suffering and smiling they rest are they self enjoying with thyself by demolishing their houses,shops,market areas turning it to their personal porperties 20% of it for road and social development,any gud government must have provisions for the people affected before in backing for such mission.my house was demolished in magodo pharse 1 isheri orisa by mr omotosure in collebration with alhja shafa,the governor of lagos state have not taking any step up till now the place is till like that,100 houses were delomished,50 landlord are still in the hospital 25 was arrested for wandering now in kiriki and ikoyi prison,15 sleeping outside they houses on floors,10 roming around no hope of living.omotusure did this without no explianation from him or the government they claim that they are not aware,so my people a government that is not aware of such deeds to his people is that a good government.we bought this land from the king of isheri no questions have been asked either from him but the government are busy developing his house.so many billions was recovered by some agencies years back if we can remember for fraud,please can they show us one or two things that money was use for,if they kill me i dont mind becos im already died
please lagos state government what are the provisions that you have for ur people,after the beauty they must be people on it

lagos state government with their looting terms they think we are fools.BRT are suppose to be government develop porperty not personal porperty after dividing our roads for selfish interest.road that are suppose to be develop with 1BILLION NARIA lagos state government develop this roads with 50BILLION NARIA,49BILLIONS INTO THEIR POCKETS AFTER DEVELOP WILL MOUNT A TOLL GATE THAT CITIZENS HAVE TO PAY 100 NARIA TO PASS ON THIS ROADS.THIS HAPPEN IN EVERYTHING THEY LEAD THEIR HANDS ON IN LAGOS STATE,U CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE BUT NOT ALL THE TIME
20YEARS AGO THEY WERE NO TINIBU OR FASHOLA TODAY THEY ALLOVER THEY PLACE TOMORROW MAY BE OUR TURN WITH ALL THIS PAINS IT IS NOW A GENERATION WAR,IF WE CAN NOT GET TO THEM WE MIGHT GET TO THEIR FAMILIES IN YEARS TO COME,SINCE THE YEAR 2009 11 11 MY HOUSE WAS DELOMISHED BY OMOTUSURE,HE HAS PERSONALLY BUILT SIX HOUSES FOR HIMSELF.MY PEOPLE IT IS TIME WE THINK PORPERLY WITH OUR VOTES.WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST TO PASS THIS MESSAGE TO DE WHOLE WORLD
Comment by hilda festus on August 13, 2010 at 4:12pm
MEN DID IS SERIOUS OOOOO,THANK GOD FOR THE LIVES THAT WAS NOT LOST
Comment by becky on August 11, 2010 at 2:15pm
God will save us from this Oworo car wash.the same sports. all d time. almost every month.i thank God 4 the life's of those that r alive and i pray there rest that has not re-gain conciousiness will sure come back to life.and the three dat DIE may their soul rest in peac.AMEN.
Comment by yomi olayinka on August 11, 2010 at 11:16am
i wish ya all quick recovery and condolences to the families of the dead. in all give thanks to GOD ALMIGTHY for he is GOD.
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