A loaded VW LT35 commercial bus collided with a Lagos State Bus Rapid Transit, BRT yesterday, March 11, 2016 at Costain roundabout in Lagos leaving several passengers injured and 27 narrowly escape death.
According to Vanguard news, eleven of the victims of the road traffic accident were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Ebute Metta, while six others were taken to the General Hospital on Lagos Island.
It was also gathered that the driver and conductor of the LT bus flee from the accident scene but where later apprehended by the police and are being detained at Iponri Police Station.
Confirming the incident by the Medical Director, FMC, Dr.Yewande Jinadu.
“The bus ran into the BRT. Many of the passengers have facial blunt injuries. We have mobilised 15 doctors and 26 nurses in the emergency.
“We discharged three of the patients after managing them. Five are currently being managed, three of which are in very critical condition.
“The three critical cases have fractures and facial blunt injuries and are being stabilised. Others have fractures. We are coping but the facial blunt injuries will be referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, or the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. LASUTH. But we must stabilize them before referral.” Says Dr. Yewande Jinadu.
“We experience situations like this 2-3 times in a week, arising from road traffic accidents, building collapse, fire, burglaries or robberies.
“Normally we have three doctors and four nurses in the A&E. There are two consultant traumatologists on ground and a blood bank that can cope.” He added.
Passenger who survived the crash unhurt disclosed that the LT bus driver who was travelling from Okoko was on a reckless speed and won’t adhere to several warnings from his passengers to drive at a reasonable speed limit.
Furthermore, speaking on the mass casualty caused by the accident a consultant Family Physician and Head of the Accident & Emergency Unit at the FMC, Dr Usman Olagoke, who also said.
“Most of them are stable but we are still battling with two that are critically injured. Our dentists and ENT surgeons are working on them and we have been able to verify their identities.”