By Bose Adelaja & Monsuru Olowoopejo
LAGOS—Five persons, including two children, were yesterday confirmed dead and five others injured in multiple auto accidents on Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State.
Vanguard gathered that the three vehicles involved in the crash, which occurred at about 6:10p.m. were a Lagos State government-owned (LAGBUS) bus, a Toyota Hilux owned by a local vigilante group and a Rover SUV.
It was learned that the accident occurred at the Iyana-Oworo end of the bridge, leading to a traffic gridlock.
Sources said that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Response Unit recovered the vehicles, while the bodies recovered from the scene were deposited at the Mainland Hospital Mortuary by Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU.
However, the five injured persons were taken by Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, to the Truma Centre at the old toll-gate end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA; Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC; policemen and other security agents were deployed to the scene to manage traffic and crowd.
Confirming the accident, LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Michael Akindele, warned drivers against speeding and to adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.