Gov. Babatunde Fashola
No fewer than six personsMonday sustained varying degrees of injuries at the Ebute-Ero area of Lagos State after a LAGBUS crushed a commercial bus popularly known as Danfo.
This was just as four agencies; the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and officials of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and LAGBUS Assets Management Limited, refuted stories making the rounds that a BRT plunged into the lagoon.
The agencies were reacting to a story peddled by the social media that “a fully loaded BRT crashed and plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.”
THISDAY however gathered that rather the passenger-laden LAGBUS, with registration number Lagos KSF76XA, was heading towards Tafawa Balewa Square when the accident occurred at Ebute-Ero.
According to eyewitnesses, the LAGBUS had dropped some passengers at an undesignated bus stop and while attempting to join the expressway, rammed into a green-colour Danfo with registration number Ogun XC595JGB.
Although the driver of the danfo was purportedly speeding, the LAGBUS was said to have rammed the danfo into the railings of the bridge, almost plunging it into the lagoon.”
A team of policemen, led by Mr. Sani Saka, was said to have rushed to the scene to evacuate the victims to the General Hospital, in Broad Street.
The incident, which caused pandemonium, sent the rumour mill agog and was further backed by a twitter post allegedly from the FRSC.
Although the agency later posted another tweet that it was a false alarm, adding that it had commenced investigation into the source of the message.
When contacted, the General Manager, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, confirmed that there was an incident involving a LAGBUS but refuted claims that it fell into the lagoon.
He urged members of the public to abstain from sending false emergency messages that would cause panic.
He said: “We were told there was an accident on Third Mainland Bridge and we rushed down to the scene but we did not see anything.
Members of the public should please refrain from sending out false messages.”
While the LAGBUS was taken away by state officials, its driver is believed to be currently in police detention.