A Bus Rapid Transport bus was on Wednesday burnt beyond recognition on third mainland bridge in Lagos State.
The incident which resulted in a heavy traffic gridlock on the bridge had officials of the Lagos fire service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) at the scene to put out the fire and also manage the traffic.
It was gathered that the bus caught fire just after Adeniji Adele axis of the bridge while heading towards Iyana-Oworo.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, via its Twitter handle confirmed that the fire started around 9:30 a.m.
Fola Tinubu CEO of Primero Transport Services Limited, the company in charge of the BRT buses, told The Nation the situation was in control, adding that the bus was rolled to the depo.
He said the bus was coming from TBS and heading to Ikorodu, noting that investigation will be carried out to ascertain facts and the cause.
“What we are trying to do now is to find out the cause of the incident and to make sure it does not happen again. Nobody was injured, nobody died and we are thankful for that. We will find out what caused it and ensure that it does not happen again.”
He said the driver who was the only one in the bus walked out unhurt. “He was the only one in the bus, so he was able to come out quick, he was not injured, he is fine.
“There is no call for fear in taking BRT, we have been operating for years, we will put in our best to find out what caused it and it will not happen again.
“The LASEMA, LASTMA and fire service officials were on ground and I thank them for the good job well done.”
The Lagos State Fire Service Public Relations Officer, Bola Ajao said a BRT Bus EKY 88XR caught fire on the third mainland bridge.
“The fire started from the engine compartment and burnt the vehicle beyond recognition. Only the driver and motor boy inside the bus. The name of the driver is unknown. The bus was coming from Obalende and going to Berger.”