A total of eight persons including two children have died after a container fell on a commercial bus in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASEMA) confirmed the sad development in a statement through its Permanent Secretary, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.
The agency and other concerned individuals at the scene were able to rescue one of the passengers on the bus, a female. According to Olufemi, efforts were being made to rescue more victims.
He said that the truck bearing the container lost control while climbing the bridge.
He further explained that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.
“Upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus.
“A total of eight fatalities were recovered, comprising four adult males, two adult females, a girl, and a boy,” he added.
It was, however, gathered that only a female passenger was confirmed still alive.
The agency confirmed further that recovery of the fallen container is still ongoing, noting that though the container has been taken off on top of the minibus, it is yet to be completely removed from the location, as the accident has caused traffic on the route while there is a backlog of traffic presently at Alaka.
He appealed to the citizens plying the road to exercise patience or instead find an alternative if they are trapped in the traffic.