By Chiemelie Ezeobi
A fatal accident that occurred at the Fadeyi area of Lagos State, yesterday claimed nine lives and left 10 others with various degrees of injuries.
The incident occurred after a commercial bus collided with a heavy duty truck, which saw nine of the occupants dead and 10 other occupants of the Toyota Hiace bus from Katsina marked KT 715YG injured.
While the dead were taken to the morgue pending identification and contacting of their relatives, the 10 injured persons have since been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
According to eyewitness account, the driver of the commercial bus was allegedly over-speeding when he lost control and hit a culvert.
The vehicle, it was gathered, veered off the road and somersaulted, ramming into a heavy duty truck marked GGE715YG.
Hours after the crash, the incident caused a heavy vehicular traffic snarl that stretched along Ikorodu Expressway.
It took the intervention of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) and some passersby to rescue some of the victims trapped in the vehicle.
Confirming the accident, LASEMA General Manager, Michael Akindele said it was caused by carelessness.
He said, “A total number of nine people lost their lives in the incident. Five adult (four male and a female) and four children( two male, two female).
” 10 others sustained injuries and were taken to the Emergency Trauma Centre at the Toll Gate.
“Drivers should be cautious and avoid over speeding as well as comply with road traffic code to prevent unnecessary accident leading to loss of lives.”