A female died, while 59 others sustained varying degrees of physical and emotional injuries in the Lagos accident, which occurred at the Ogolonto end of Ikorodu road.
The ill-fated BRT bus was carrying 60 passengers when it collided with a Dangote cement truck on Ikorodu Road in Lagos State.
Confirming the crash, the Director-General (DG) of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the accident was caused by brake failure, forcing the truck to fully loaded with cement to lose control.
The DG stated that that the agency’s assets/medical unit swiftly swung into action and worked with sister agencies to ease vehicular movement and ensure prompt recovery of the damaged truck.
Oke-Osanyintolu explained that all passengers on the bus were injured.
He said: “On getting to the scene a Dangote truck fully loaded with cement had a brake failure and had a head-on collision with a Primero blue Mass Transit bus with number plate, LSR-228XS, conveying 40 seated and 20 standing passengers.
“All passengers on board suffered various degrees of injuries with one female passenger losing her life and the driver suffered severe life-threatening injuries with his leg decapitated.”
While promising that a proper investigation would be conducted on the incident, he cautioned motorists to always ensure that they drove within the approved speed limit.