Rumour of BRT bus plunging into Lagoon rattles residents

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By OLASUNKANMI AKONI & IFEANYI OKOLIE

LAGOS — THE information that a bus belonging to the Bus Rapid Transit, a franchise under the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, plunged into Lagos Lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge, yesterday is untrue, after-all.

However, the rumour sent jitters down the spines of residents, who made frantic calls to various quarters for confirmation or otherwise.

The information was later dismissed by relevant authorities including the: state Police Command, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, LAMATA, LAG BUS Asset Management, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, among others.

Speaking on the development, the Managing Director of LAGBUS, Mr. Tunde Disu, quickly went on air at Lagos Television, LTV, to calm the already agitated residents by assuring them that the information going round was only a rumour.

Meantime, an incident that affected a LAGBUS reportedly happened yesterday when one of the branded busses collided with a commercial bus, popularly known as Danfo, at the Ebute Ero, Lagos.

Vanguard gathered that the LAGBUS, with registration number Lagos KSF76XA, carrying  full load of passengers and was heading towards Tafawa Balewa Square when the incident occurred.

A trader under the bridge, who declined to give her name, said: “The green bus  was speeding behind the LAGBUS and attempted to overtake it when the incident happened.

“The LAGBUS rammed the bus  with registration number Ogun XC595JGB into the railings, almost plunging it into the lagoon.”

The incident caused pandemonium and people began sending exaggerated message.

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