No fewer than 10 persons were feared killed on Wednesday when a container fell on a commercial bus along the Alaba Suru area of Lagos State.
Eyewitness accounts said the unfortunate incident occurred about 9am on Christmas day.
The accident reportedly occurred when a commercial bus driver in his bid to avoid crushing a mad man sleeping on the road forced the driver of a trailer carrying a container to swerve and in the process, the container fell-off on a stationary commercial bus that was picking up passengers from the roadside.
A mother, her four children, an old woman and four others were said to have been killed in the accident, with many others critically injured.
One of the victims, a woman survived with both her legs shattered.
An eyewitness said: “The accident was caused by mad man sleeping on the road. The commercial bus was trying to avoid crushing the mad man while the container was trying to avoid crushing the commercial bus.
“It all happened this morning at about 9am. There was a commercial bus going to Okoko Iyanaoba, calling for passengers and there was a trailer laden with a container filled with vehicle engines.
“There was a mad man lying on the road and a commercial bus was coming from Orile axis. The bus swerved to the left to avoid the mad man on the road and the container swerved also to the left to avoid the commercial bus.
“The container was about to scale the culvert, but the container fell to the right, and fell on the bus picking passengers. Those sitting on the ground died. A woman with four [of her] children were killed. An old woman and four others died. A woman who survived had her two legs cut off in the accident”.
It was gathered that the Lagos State Emergency (LASEM) bus rushed to the scene and took the injured as well as the dead away from the scene of the accident.