By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Bose Adelaja
LAGOS—Tragedy struck yesterday, when a Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, bus crushed and severed the head of a Basic Four pupil of C & S Primary School, Ezekiel Daniel, at Ogolonto Bus Stop, along Ikorodu Road of Lagos State.
The incident resulted in a chaotic traffic situations as sympathisers and passers-by trooped to the scene, wailing.
According to an eyewitness, Mr. Akin Adeolu, the incident happened at about 7.45a.m., when pupils were rushing to their various schools.
He said the school boy, aged 13, was dashing across the BRT corridor, misunderstanding the flag man’s signal, when the fast-moving bus hit him and cut off his head.
The driver was said to have taken to his heels immediately, for fear of possible mob action against him.
The mob became agitated, forcing officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, to disappear from their duty posts, but men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and other security agencies were on ground to maintain law and order.
Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, LASEHMU, were contacted to take the remains of the boy to the mortuary.
Meanwhile, an official of Primero Transport Company, owner and operator of the BRT buses, who spoke on anonymity, confirmed the incident, saying “we have commenced initial investigation into the incident.
“We commiserate with the family and colleagues of the deceased. God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.”