Black Sunday in Lagos: 5 Dead, 13 Injured in Fatal Car Crash on 3rd Mainland Bridge (Photos)
According to an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority who disclosed exclusively to a correspondent on the telephone, no fewer than five people, including two children, were confirmed dead and 13 others injured after three vehicles crashed on the popular Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State.
It was gathered that the accident which involved a LAGBUS, a Rover Jeep and a Hilux pickup, happened at about 6:00pm on Sunday around the University of Lagos Waterfront end of the bridge. It
The LASTMA official explained that the driver of the truck drove at top speed and had a blowout before somersaulting.
“The truck driver was at top speed when he had a blowout and somersaulted. The truck crashed into the other vehicles, including the LAGBUS. In all, two vehicles somersaulted in the accident. Five people died and 13 were injured,” he said.
An eye withness who is also a resident of the area identified as Babajide Kabiawu, said there was an influx of emergency response teams at the scene of the accident.
“Fire service trucks and ambulances were seen going to the scene to remove the corpses and clear the wreckage. Commercial vehicles are turning back from the bridge,” he said.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Michael Akindele, confirmed the crash, adding that two children were among the victims.
“The accident occurred around 6.10 pm on the Third Mainland Bridge inward Iyana Oworo, by UNILAG Waterfront. It involved three vehicles, a LAGBUS, a Hilux truck belonging to a local vigilante group, and a Rover Jeep.
“Five persons were confirmed dead, among which were three female adults and two children (one female and one male). Five persons were also injured and taken by LASAMBUS to the Trauma Centre.
“The LASEMA response team towed away the vehicles from the bridge, while the dead bodies have been taken by the State Emergency Health Monitoring Unit to the Mainland Hospital mortuary,” he said.