A commercial bus driver has died after his bus collided with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicle on Wednesday morning in Lagos State.
The accident occurred on the Ifako Bridge inward Ogudu on the Oworonshoki Expressway.
Videos of the driver on the floor and his vehicle upside down have gone viral.
An eyewitness said the bus had passengers on it and that it was coming from Lagos Island and heading to the Ojodu Berger area of the state when the accident occurred.
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) confirmed the incident on Twitter.
It said, “An accident at Ifako inwards Ogudu Bridge involving a BRT Bus and a commercial Bus. One Casualty on ground with others injured.”
The agency added that the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has been contacted while LASTMA officers are on ground.
It was gathered that the driver died instantly while passengers sustained minor injuries.
On hearing of the death of the driver, hoodlums in the area quickly set the BRT bus ablaze, resulting in a gridlock.
A spokesperson for LASEMA Adebayo Taofik also said that LASTMA officers were on the ground controlling the traffic for easy movement.
He also said traffic police officers had been deployed to ensure the free flow of traffic on the expressway.
Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Margaret Adeseye said in a statement that “area boys” set the BRT bus on fire but firemen rushed down to the scene of the accident to combat the fire.
“Operational firefighting has commenced and we handed over one male adult to the police from Ogudu Division,” she said.
Adeseye added that the BRT driver and his assistant escaped with minor injuries.