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15 injured in Lagos multiple accident – LASEMA

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The vehicles involved in the accident

By Henry Oladele

About 15 passengers were injured in a multiple collision that involved three vehicles under the Ojota Interchange Bridge on Friday, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said.

According to LASEMA, 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.

LASEMA Permanent Secretary, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the accident in a statement on Friday.

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

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

“They arrived the scene of the multiple collision which involved three vehicles under the Ojota Interchange Bridge, at 11.40 hrs.

“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 on motion,” he said.

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

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

“15 people were injured. No critical injuries were sustained and no 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.

“Four of the victims were attended to by the agency’s pre-hospital care team alongside the Lagos State Ambulance Service at the incident scene.

“LASEMA in collaboration with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials at the incident scene, activated road traffic control and were able to divert vehicles into the BRT lane to safely evacuate the vehicles off the road.

“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 that the road had been set free for vehicular activities.

(NAN)

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