Breaking: Child, 6 others die as commercial bus catches fire

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7, including child, die as commercial bus catches fire in Lagos

Tragedy struck on Sunday, when a commercial bus suddenly burst into fire at Iyaana-Oworo, Gbagada area of Lagos State, killing at least seven passengers, including a child.

The incident happened around 6 p.m., according to an eyewitness, as passersby rushed to put out the raging fire.

Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed the incident and casualties.

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“Upon arrival at the scene, a commercial bus of 14 passengers Mazda with registration number KJA 699 GY was discovered to have been gutted with fire,” Oke-Osanyitolu said.

“Further investigation at the scene revealed that the incident occurred due to the driver’s recklessness and overspeeding, resulting in the fire with 12 passengers trapped.”

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“Fortunately, the driver escaped with minor burns, three female adults were rescued and rushed to Gbagada General Hospital, and a male adult was treated at the scene by LASAMBUS.”

“Unfortunately, seven victims were burned to death in the bus, including four females, two male adults, and one male child.”

All of the remains were later bagged and handed over to the State Environmental Health Management Unit, SEHMU, by the agency’s LRT Paramedics, Lagos State Ambulance Service, and LASAMBUS officials.

The burnt vehicle was removed from the road by men from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, who cordoned off the scene of the incident.

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Rescue and security operations were also provided by Nigeria Police personnel.

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