Seven passengers have died after a commercial bus caught fire at the popular Iyana Oworo near the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the commercial bus, with registration number KJA 699 GY, had14 passengers on board when it caught fire.
The victims included four females, two male adults and one male child in the bus were burnt to death.
The incident which happened on Sunday left seven other passengers injured.
It was claimed that the incident occurred due to recklessness and speeding by the driver. But it could also be due to a mechanical or electrical fault, as most commercial vehicles in the state are privately owned, and not regularly serviced by the owners.
Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said while the driver escaped with some burns, three female adults were rescued and rushed to Gbagada General Hospital while a male adult was attended to by LASAMBUS at the scene.
All the remains have been bagged by the Agency’s LRT Paramedics, LASAMBUS official and handed over to the appropriate authorities, the LASEMA Boss said, adding, “Arrangements have been made by LASTMA officials at the scene for removal of the burnt vehicle from the road.”