Scores escape death as BRT crashes into railings in Lagos

Scene of an accident involving a BRT bus on Mile 12 Bridge at Owode Elede inward, Ikorodu, Lagos State on Friday, which left about four people seriously injured. Photo: Ovadje Elliot

Several passengers narrowly escaped death in the early hours of Friday, as one of the public private initiative transports, BRT, almost plunged into the river around Owode Elede, very close to Mile 12, in Lagos.

Eye witness account stated that the driver of the BRT, apparently on his way from Ikorodu and heading towards Mile 12,  lost control of the vehicle around Owode, swerved many times before hitting the vehicle  against the  bridge railings around the area, before the vehicle was eventually brought to a halt.

The incident, the eye witness account added, temporarily brought social and economic activities along the Mile 12 to a halt; since it resulted in a massive traffic gridlock around the area.

Confirming the incident to Saturday Tribune, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Michael Akindele  stated that although no life was lost, the bus with registration number,  EPE 79XR,  belonging to Primero Transport Limited was going to Owode Elede inward Mile 12 when the accident occurred.

He explained that although the incident temporarily brought social and economic activities around the area to a halt, men of the agency had since restored normalcy to the area; by evacuating those involved from the accident scene.

He expressed delight at the prompt response the incident received from other state agencies such as  LASTMA, The Nigeria Police Force (Owode Division) and other members of staff of Premero.