The Lagos Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, has cleared the air on the casualty figure of the fatal auto crash that occurred along the Alausa end of the Otedola Bridge, inward Ojodu Berger on Thursday.
Against on the spot reports which indicated that the casualty figure was more, LASTMA announced that one person died and seven others were injured in one of the many accidents that have happened on the popular Lagos road.
According to LASTMA, the incident which occurred at about 8 AM involved a fuel tanker, a car and a commercial bus loaded with 10 passengers, although earlier reports had it that four vehicles were involved and more lives were claimed as a result of the severity of the accident.
Explaining the incident in a tweet, LASTMA stated:
Fatal accident on Otedola Bridge inward Berger involving a tanker and a Mazda bus. All relevant emergency agencies alerted.
Traffic backlog building up beyond Secretariat.
Preliminary reports confirm that a Golf car was also involved in the crash. No casualties from the car.
One passenger from the bus confirmed dead with seven others injured.
This incident is coming almost two years after several lives were lost on the same road after a tanker fully loaded with petroleum product fell, spilt its content and exploded.
The incident which happened on 27 June 2018 resulted in the damage of several vehicles as flames from the lorry were transferred to other oncoming vehicles.
On the night of June 28, 2018, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, announced via Twitter that “A total of nine persons have been confirmed dead as a result of the incident.” The Lagos State Government reported that the number had risen to 12 by July 2, 2018.
According to the FRSC, at least 54 vehicles were burnt alongside the tanker.
Residents and eyewitnesses, however, played down the report saying that the economic loss and casualties were distorted by the government and media.
We've had these set of viruses with us for too long, unaddressed! Trucks maiming on our roads. The attached video shows yet another careless killing on Otedola Bridge at 8:00hrs of 21st May 2020. May the berieved be comforted. pic.twitter.com/g1KXVU4QMj
— Fisayo Popoola (@AfricFisayo) May 21, 2020