Two yet-to-be-identified persons lost their lives on Wednesday when a bus belonging to the Primero Transport Services Limited rammed into a commercial motorcycle conveying two passengers to a destination in the Ile-Igbo area of Abule-Egba, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the motorcyclist was plying the Bus Rapid Transit dedicated route without switching on the headlamp of his motorcycle when the tragedy struck around 4am.
The motorcyclist and one of the passengers, died on the spot, while the other passenger, who sustained injuries from the impact of the collision, was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
It was learnt that immediately the accident happened, the bus driver, Bohan Abiodun, went to the Oke-Odo Police Division to report the matter, and this enabled the police and other emergency responders to rescue the injured victim.
The corpses of the deceased were said to have been deposited in a mortuary.
Reacting to the crash, the Head, Corporate Communications, Primero Transport Services, Mutiu Yekeen, while commiserating with the bereaved families, said the bus was heading for Abule-Egba from Oshodi to convey early morning commuters when it rammed into the motorcyclist and his passengers on the BRT corridor.
Yekeen said, “We regret to announce an accident that occurred around 4am on Wednesday, close to Ile-Igbo, inward Abule-Egba. A bus heading for Abule-Egba from Oshodi to convey early morning commuters was involved in an accident that claimed the lives of two victims on the spot. A commercial motorcyclist conveying two passengers, according to the busman, appeared from nowhere on the BRT corridor.
“The driver, who could not avoid the motorcycle, which had no headlamp on and was facing the oncoming bus, knocked down the victims. The driver of the BRT bus quickly ran to the Oke-Odo Police Station to report the matter. When the Lagos State emergency team arrived at the scene, two persons were discovered to have died on the spot, but the third person was taken to hospital by the emergency team.
“The management commiserates with the victims’ family. The corpses were taken away by the Lagos State emergency team. The matter is still under investigation as the IPO in charge of the case asked the BRT management to give the police 48 hours for the families of the victims to appear.
“The life of every Lagosian is precious to us. While we regret the accident that led to the loss of lives, the management appealed to all commercial motorcyclists, private cars and danfo drivers to stop encroaching on the BRT lanes to avoid future accidents.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the corpses were deposited in a morgue, adding that the vehicle had been impounded.
Adejobi stated, “On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, a BRT vehicle with number plate 0002178, driven by one Bohan Abiodun, hit a motorcycle with number plate Ogun TTD 995 WI on the BRT lane on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in Iyana-Ipaja.
“The motorcyclist was conveying two passengers when the accident occurred; the motorcyclist and one pf his passengers died, while the other passenger sustained injuries and was taken to hospital. The corpses of the victims were deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”