Twelve rescued as bus swerves into canal in Lagos

By Alex Olise

No fewer than 12 passengers of a commercial bus were rescued after a commercial bus veered off its lane and skidded into a canal in Lagos.

The incident, which took place at night, occurred at Cement area of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

According to eye witnesses, the accident was recorded due to the recklessness of the Faragon driver who was involved in an accident with a Toyota Camry car with number plate, BDG 963 BT.

Newsmen gathered that the unidentified bus later skidded into the canal leaving its 12 passengers with varying degrees of injuries before help came.

However, it was gathered that no life was lost.

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Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident while saying the victims, seven males and five females, were all rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

“Upon arrival at the scene, an accident involving a commercial bus (Faragon) with unknown registration number and a Camry car with registration number BDG 963BT were encountered at the scene.

“Further information gathered at the scene revealed that the accident occurred as a result of reckless driving from the commercial bus driver which led to the falling off of the commercial bus into the canal.

“The 12 (7 male and 5 female) injured passengers have been rescued and taken to the hospital,” said LASEMA boss.

Oke-Osanyintolu said the car driver (an adult male) sustained minor injuries and was attended to at the scene by the paramedics team.

“The LRT team alongside LRU paramedics and The Nigeria Police were responders at the scene.

“The Agency’s Hiab has being dispatched for the recovery of the commercial bus from the canal,” he added.

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