Bus Crash: ‘I could not explain how I found myself beside the canal’ – Accident Victim

Bus Crash: ‘I could not explain how I found myself beside the canal’ – Accident Victim

An accident which led to the crash of a 59-passenger luxury bus on its way from Aba, Abia State, which plunged into a canal at Owode Elede, Lagos, has the total of three people dead and 23 other passengers injured.

A survivor, Kelechukwu Ese, said many of his co-travellers escaped through the windows of the bus, adding that he could not explain how he found himself beside the canal.

He said,

“I boarded the bus from Enugu State. I wanted to attend an event in Yaba, (Lagos). I sat by the window side and was asleep. Screams of other passengers woke me up. I thought I was dreaming. People started jumping out of the windows. And before I knew what was happening, I landed on the ground with my knees.

“I didn’t feel the pain initially and that was why I declined to be taken with others to a hospital after we were given first aid treatment. I am now feeling some pains.”

One of the three fatalities of the bus crash was the bus conductor, who was said to have fallen into the water because he sat beside the door.

A LASEMA official said that as he fell, the bus might have fallen on him.

The rescue operation at the scene of the accident was carried out by officials of LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Rapid Response Squad and operatives from the Owode Police Station.

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