Three men and a woman were on Sunday morning killed, while 14 others sustained injuries after a drunk driver rammed into an 18-seater commercial bus at the first Lekki tollgate on Lekki-Ajah expressway, Lagos.
It was gathered that the driver, who drove a Lexus Jeep GX470 marked KJA615DF, belonging to Triple D Global Resources Limited, was returning from a nightclub and moving against traffic.
The driver was said to be on top speed and rammed into the commercial bus with registration number KRE302XA, which had just been cleared by a ticketing officer at the tollgate.
According to a witness, both vehicles upturned, killing two passengers on the spot, while 16 others were critically wounded. It was gathered that two other victims died at the hospital, where they were rushed to, while the drunk driver was said to be unconscious.
It was learnt that the commercial bus driver’s legs might have been amputated, as crushed body parts were seen after he was extricated from the vehicle.
Meanwhile, another accident occurred around 11:00p.m. on Saturday at Apongbon, inward Lagos Island, killing a good Samaritan. It was gathered that the Good Samaritan had alighted from his vehicle to assist a wounded motorist, who had a collision with a trailer.
The injured motorist was said to have been trapped in his Honda vehicle, marked APP304DV, prompting the Good Samaritan to park his BMWX5 (KSF339BK) to assist the trapped victim. Also, a commercial bus marked BDG68XH was said to have also stopped to help the victim.
While the driver of the BMW X5 was said to have died on the spot, the trapped victim and the bus driver sustained injuries.
Confirming both incidents, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, said all injured persons were moved to either the Trauma Centre or Marina General Hospital.
He said: “For the Apongbon accident, operatives of the agency were at the scene to ensure traffic management to avoid secondary accident. The affected vehicles were recovered and towed to Ebute Ero Police Station.
“At Lekki, our men and other stakeholders had to ensure free flow of traffic. They had to control crowd, assisted injured victims with first aid before moving them to the hospital.
“We are not happy when there are avoidable loss of lives. The Lekki accident could have been avoided if the driver had stayed back at the place he went to. We have said it many times that people should not drive.