At least 9 people, 7 adults and 2 children have been burnt to death after a commercial bus caught up in flames while on motion, at Ijebu-Ife area, along Ore-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu expressway Ogun state on Thursday January 16.
According to a statement released by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Command, the 19-seater bus belonging to a transport company, was said to be travelling from the Eastern part of the country to Lagos, before the unfortunate incident occurred.
Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe, the State FRSC Public Education Officer, said the car according to one of the survivors carried chemical substances suspected to be inflammable. She revealed that her men upon receiving reports of the fire incident, immediately moved and were able to contain the fire.
“The FRSC rescue team on receipt of the information raced to the crash scene and commenced rescue operations.
“While some of the passengers were rescued from the raging inferno, some other passengers as at the time of this report are still trapped in the burning vehicle.
A total of 10 people comprising 6 male adults and 4 female adults have been rescued from the inferno with 3 other people made up of 2 male adults and 1 female adult sustained serious injuries with some suffering 1st degree burnt
“During the investigation, by the FRSC Crash investigators, one of the injured victims confirmed the total number of passengers as at the time the ill-fated vehicle commenced the trip were 17 passengers.
“The vehicle was coming from the East going to Lagos and was conveying the passengers with some chemical products identified to be highly inflammable”.
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