‘When the report of the incident was received, the FRSC operatives mobilized and moved over to attend to the situation. Upon arrival at the crash scene, the injured ones were moved to nearby Hospitals for prompt medical attention, while the bodies of the deceased were deposited at the morgue.” FRSC’s Boss
The ghastly accident turned out to be one of the worst incidents that had hit Abia State in recent times.
Noku disclosed this during a condolence visit to families of the victims of the unfortunate incident in the Binneri community of Karim Lamido LGA.
Survivors lament following the circumstances surrounding the ghastly accident which according to them was not inevitable.
“According to an eyewitness account, the bus marked AGL 989 YA was coming from Ibadan inbound Lagos when it had a tire burst on the driverside at Ayetoro axis on the expressway which led the bus to somersault into a ditch.” He said.
Carriages had flipped over entirely in the crash late on Friday and rescue workers searched for survivors trapped in the mangled wreckage, with scores of bodies laid out under white sheets beside the tracks.
She said nine vehicles, including a Dangote truck, a tipper, a yellow bus, an armored tank, a Toyota RAV4, and three motorcycles, were involved in the crash.
The spokesperson of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Taofiq Adebayo, while confirming the incident said, it occurred as a result of brake failure.
The impact of the crash caused the bus to break open multiple wooden boxes and allowed the swarm of African bees to escape the hives where they produced honey.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, has called on fleet and other commercial vehicle operators, as well as private vehicle owners to make routine and regular vehicle maintenance a major priority.
“The accident recorded many casualties as the bus is fully loaded with Lagos State government staff members going to the office this morning.” He said
One person identified as a hawker has been confirmed dead, and many were injured at the time of filing this report.
“In an attempt to rescue the victim by first responders and also cover the incident, the policemen at the scene, on-board the train became hostile.” He said
“He was disturbed by the tragic death involving his convoy although reports said he continued with the journey.”
“According to him, the police had obtained a court order to carry out a mass burial for the deceased.”
“The high-ranking General was said to have been immediately rushed to the hospital but…”
“He blamed the crash on speeding and advised motorists to always observe speed limits to avoid crashes.”