Eighteen passengers travelling from Kwara State to Lagos escaped death on Tuesday as a commercial bus conveying them somersaulted and swerved off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The accident occurred around 4pm at the Magboro end of the expressway, a few kilometers from Lagos. We learnt that the propeller of the bus broke while the bus
was speeding, causing the driver to lose the control of the vehicle.
It somersaulted repeatedly and veered off the road. The bus driver, Mr. Adisa Ojo, said “I was not speeding at all. The propeller just broke off suddenly. What I could remember afterwards was that we landed by the roadside.” A passenger in the bus, Mr. Mathew Olatunde, confirmed that the driver drove carefully. “I sat in the front; the driver was driving responsibly when the propeller broke and caused the bus to somersault. We thank God that nobody died,” Olatunde said.
Another passenger, Mrs. Seyi Adegboyega, who boarded the bus at Ibadan, Oyo State, with her two kids, said they joined the bus after a vehicle they boarded from Ogbomosho, had an accident. She said, “My children and I were coming from Ogbomosho. The first bus we boarded was involved in an accident. We had to join this bus at Ibadan. Now, this is another accident. I don’t even know what else to say; I just thank God that nothing happened to me and my kids.”
However, some of the passengers sustained injuries. Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps from Lagos State and policemen were at the scene to convey the injured passengers to hospitals.The driver of the bus, Ojo, refused to go with the FRSC to the hospital, saying he was in good condition.