A car accident on the Longbridge portion of the Lagos-Ibadan Motorway on Wednesday nearly claimed the lives of at least 18 people.
According to reports, when the tragedy occurred, the white, eighteen-seater Mazda bus with the registration number FKJ285Y was conveying passengers from Maryland outward Lagos State.
The driver of the bus refused to speak with our reporter but one of the survivors who identified herself only as Bolu said the propeller suddenly loosened on motion after which the vehicle somersaulted. No casualty was recorded but the victims sustained bruises on their hands and legs.
The mother of a six-month-old baby added, “If not for God and the driver, I would have been a dead person by now. We thank God and the driver for saving out.”
Another passenger, Abubakar, who was headed to Kebbi State but intended to get off in Ibadan, bemoaned the fact that his money was no longer sufficient to get him there, sobbing that he was the saddest person on the bus.
He said, “I am the saddest person on this bus, the money with me can’t take me to Kebbi anymore. The driver collected N2,600 from us before leaving the park and he was not ready to refund us or call for backup in the park to come and carry his stranded passengers.”
Security officers, including the police and some members of the Federal Road Safety Corps connected to the axis, were spotted directing vehicle traffic at the scene of the collision as of the time of filing this report.