Tears Flow As BRT Vehicle Crushes Trader, Apprentice, Wheelbarrow Pusher To Death

BRT KILLED

LAGOS OCTOBER 27TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Three persons were confirmed dead and several others injured on Wednesday when a Bus Rapid Transit vehicle rammed into a market fence at Alapere in the Ketu area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the BRT, with number plate KSF-940XX, had a brake failure when the incident happened around 7am.

It was learnt that the driver lost control and rammed into the wall, hitting another commercial bus loading passengers.

An eyewitness, Chukwuemeka Sunday, said the BRT vehicle crushed a woman who was coming from the market, an apprentice trying to cross the road and a wheelbarrow pusher.

The victims were said to have died on the spot as the BRT driver fled the scene.

The eyewitness also said several others who were injured were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Our correspondent gathered that another BRT vehicle with the number plate, GGE-405YF, driving towards a BRT lane, was also affected.

When our reporter visited the scene of the accident, policemen from the Alapere and Ketu divisions, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority were seen controlling the traffic.

Another eyewitness, Kelvin Olabode, lamented the condition of BRT vehicles in the area.

He said, “That BRT bus had a brake failure and rammed into people standing to board buses to Ikorodu. Three people died instantly and several others were injured. One of the deceased persons was crushed beyond recognition, with her brains splashed on the ground.

“Not all these BRT buses have brakes. They are used to dragging the road with smaller vehicles. Everyone is hustling like them. I saw the wheelbarrow pusher this morning hustling for his daily bread, but now he is gone.”

A witness, who did not mention her name for personal reasons, identified one of the deceased as her neighbor, Iya Bolu.

She noted that they were both coming from the market and she advised the victim to alight with her at Garage Bus-Stop, but she refused, saying she would find a bus faster at Ketu Bus-Stop.

“She then got a wheelbarrow to help her push her oranges and bananas to the bus stop, where she was hit by the bus. I have informed her husband,” she added.

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