Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the director of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), has confirmed that seven people have died in the bus fire.
The fire disaster happened on Sunday afternoon at Iyana Oworo, within the Third Mainland Bridge.
In a statement confirming the occurrence, Mr. Oke-Osanyintolu said that four passengers were saved while seven people stuck inside the car were burned alive.
According to him, LASAMBUS treated a male passenger on the spot while three female survivors were brought to the hospital for care.
According to Mr. Oke-Osanyintolu, 12 passengers were trapped inside the car, including the driver, who managed to flee the scene after suffering some “burns.”
He added that the 14-passenger seats commercial bus with registration number KJA 699 GY was gutted by fire due to recklessness and overspeeding of the driver.
“Upon arrival at the scene, a commercial bus of 14 passenger Mazda with registration number KJA 699 GY was discovered to have been gutted with fire.
Further investigation gathered at the scene revealed that the incident occurred due to recklessness and overspeeding by the driver which resulted in the fire with 12 passengers trapped,” Mr Oke-Osanyintolu said.
“Fortunately, the driver escaped with some burns, 3 female adults were rescued and rushed to Gbagada General Hospital while a male adult was attended to by LASAMBUS at the scene.
“Unfortunately 7 victims were burnt to death (4 female, 2 male adults and 1male child ) in the bus.
All the remains have been bagged by the Agency’s LRT Paramedics, LASAMBUS officials and handed over to SEHMU.
“Arrangements have been made by LASTMA officials at the scene for removal of the burnt vehicle from the road.
LRT alongside LRU Paramedics LASTMA, LASAMBUS, SHEMU and NPF are responders at the scene,” he disclosed.