29 passengers rescued after commercial bus plunges into Lagos canal

A commercial bus carrying 29 passengers plunged into a canal in front of the National Theatre complex, Iganmu, Lagos, on Monday, October 14th were all rescued unhurt.

According to reports, the vehicle suddenly developed a technical problem and plunged into the canal opposite National Theatre entrance. The driver of the bus identified as Augustine Okorie, described the survival of the passengers as a “miracle’’.

“I was bringing in 29 passengers from Shinbiri area in Okokomaiko along the Badagry Expressway and on getting to the front of the National Art Theatre, I lost control and the vehicle plunged into the canal.

“As I was about to change the gear and could not do that immediately, the vehicle started to swerve uncontrollably and before you know what was happening, we found ourselves inside the canal. In spite of the situation, I was so worried about my conductor who was hanging by the door, but we thank God none of us sustained injury,” Okorie said.

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An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who refused to be identified, said at the scene of the accident, that they quickly alerted other emergency and traffic management agencies who assisted in the quick rescue of occupants of the vehicle.

Source: Linda Ikeji

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