15 people injured as BRT, truck collide in Lagos

15 people injured as BRT, truck collide in Lagos

About 15 passengers sustained injuries in a multiple accident that occurred at Ketu, inward Ojota, in Lagos State.

The permanent secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

Mr Oke-Osanyintolu said the accident was reported via the state’s toll-free emergency numbers, 767 and 112.

He added that LASEMA’s response team from the Command and Control Centre, C3, Alausa, swiftly swung to the scene.

“They arrived at the scene of the multiple collision, which involved three vehicles under the Ojota Interchange Bridge, at 11:40 a.m.

“Upon arrival, it was discovered that the accident involved a BRT bus, with registration number EXY-167XY, an articulated truck, with an unknown registration number and an 18-seater commercial bus, with registration number JJJ-439YG.

“The articulated truck was laden with a 40-feet container.

“Further investigations revealed that the articulated truck, while heading inward Ketu, suddenly lost control of motion,” he said.

He added that the truck skidded off its lane and collided with the BRT bus, which was headed toward Ojota from the opposite direction.

“The BRT subsequently skidded off its lane into the service lane and collided with the yellow commercial bus.

“Fifteen people were injured. No critical injuries were sustained and fatalities were recorded.

“The BRT bus suffered significant damage to the front and rear ends, and the tractor head of the truck was also damaged,” he said.

He added that the injured victims were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. The LASEMA official said the agency’s pre-hospital care team attended to four at the accident scene.

“The articulated truck was recovered off the road and towed to LASTMA yard at Oshodi.

“The BRT bus was recovered off the road to the BRT yard in Ojota, while the yellow commercial bus was driven off by its owner,” he added.

He said the road had been set free for vehicular activities.