Terrible auto-crash kills ten in Lagos

The bus driver was reported to have been driving against the traffic when the accident occurred.

Scene of the accident

A ghastly motor accident has killed 10 people and injured 12 others, when a Mazda car hit a commercial bus in a head-on collision at the Iya-Afin bus stop, in the Badagry area of Lagos State.

According to Punch, the accident occurred after the bus driver switched to an opposing lane in a bid to evade Customs Officers said to be trailing him in their patrol van.

It was through this recklessness that the accident occured. The Mazda car was said to be carrying a jerry-can of petrol when the accident happened, which led to an explosion that resulted into casualties.

Seun Adebayo, a resident of the area gave an account of the incident. He said, “The incident happened around 8pm. The bus, coming from Badagry veered into the path of the car heading towards Seme."

"The bus driver was trying to evade arrest because customs officers were on the road. The two vehicles collided in the process and went up in flames. A friend counted seven burnt corpses."

“A pregnant woman and a trader, Mustapha, were lucky to have escaped. They live around here, but their families want privacy for them for now because they are still in shock.”

Taopeng  Selchang, a spokesperson for the Nigeria Customs Service at the Seme Command, cleared the suggestion that some Customs officer were chasing the bus driver.

According to him, he was being chased by suspected robbers.

Selchang said, “It is not true that any officer pursued the bus. It was a Toyota Prado that chased the vehicle and people in the jeep were shooting. Our men had to run to safety."

“It is normal in any border area that if anything evil happens, people will apportion the blame to customs. If any of the eyewitnesses have pictorial evidence that we caused the accident, let them come forward with them.”

According to the Lagos State Police, the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary.

The police also confirmed hat there were jerry-cans of petrol in the Mazda car that was involved in the fatal accident.

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