3 August 2009

Nigeria: Five Die in Lagos Auto Crashes

Lagos — At least, five persons, including a commercial bus driver, were sent to their early graves in two separate auto crashes in Lagos at the weekend.

The first accident, involving three vehicles, a truck, a Volkswagen Faragon commercial bus and a Nissan Sentra Saloon Car, occurred on Saturday at about 3:30p.m. when the driver of the ill-fated Fiat truck, marked XA 442 KJA (Lagos), lost control along Ikotun-Isolo Road and rammed into the commercial bus, marked XA 733 ABC (Abuja) and the car, marked GP 922 EKY (Lagos) close to Synagogue Church.

Four unidentified persons, including three females onboard the two vehicles (commercial bus and car) died on the spot.

Frank Mba, Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, confirmed the accident and the four persons that lost their lives.

He disclosed that three corpses of the four victims had been removed and deposited at Isolo General Hospital,s morgue, while that of the fourth victim was moved to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, for postmortem.

A female survivor, who received injury during the crash, Mba said, was immediately rushed to the LASUTH, Ikeja, where she is currently responding to treatment.

The driver of the truck, Sheriff Rasak, who claimed to be 35 years old, a resident of 8, Niger Street, Apapa, Mba noted, had been arrested.

Also, an unidentified driver of a commercial bus on Saturday at about 8 a.m. lost his life when he veered off the road with his vehicle, marked XW 424 APP (Lagos) and collided with a trailer truck marked XM 188 MUS (Lagos) along Ikotun-Idimu Road.

The bus driver, Mba said, became unconscious and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the neighbourhood by traffic policemen until he gave up the ghost shortly after he was admitted for treatment.

However, the Police Spokesman added that the police had swung into action to begin probe into the two separate auto crashes, as he appealed to road users to be extra careful particularly during the rainy season to avoid lost of lives on Lagos roads.

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