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Horror as motorcyclist is roasted on Third Mainland Bridge


The charred remains of the victim

The charred remains of the victim

IT was a tragic ending yesterday for a motorcyclist on the popular Third Mainland Bridge, when he fell off his motorcycle and got burnt to death at the ensuing fire that engulfed his bike.

The incident, The Guardian gathered occurred at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) area of the bridge at about 6a.m. leading to the charred remains of the cyclist before it was evacuated by the police from the scene.

The incident, which occurred barely a month after three persons were also killed in ghastly motor accident on the bridge, however left a survivor, who was rushed to Island General Hospital, Lagos by Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS).

An eyewitness said that the cyclist was riding from the Iyana- Oworo end on high speed when some law enforcement agents, who warned him against overspeeding flagged him down.

But he was defiant and on getting to the UNILAG area, he fell off the bike and was engulfed in fire.

As expected, the incident caused serious gridlock on the ever-busy connecting bridge between Lagos Mainland and the Island for several hours.

But a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) official, who was at the scene of the accident, said the cyclist and his passenger were policemen.

He said: “A lone driver of a cyclist and his passenger were heading to the island from Iyana -Oworo, when their bike suddenly fell down and the force ignited fire from fuel gushing out from the tank, the driver got burnt, while his passenger miraculously survived with minor injuries.
and was rushed to Island General Hospital, Lagos”.

The officer, who spoke to The Guardian on condition of anonymity could not, confirmed whether the rider was over speeding or warned of over-speeding by security agents.
He also confirmed that the charred body of the cyclist was evacuated at about 7.00a.m. by the Police from Adekunle Police station.

Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, has assumed notoriety for accidents in the recent times, resulting to lost of several lives.
Only recently, a Black Prado Jeep was involved in accident, which left the three occupants of the car dead.

Also last month, three vehicles were involved in head- on collision resulting to the death of at least two people.

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