Tragedy: Truck crushes driver, 3 school kids

A school bus conveying pupils of Taqwa Nursery and Primary School was crushed by a coca-cola bus and four victims including the school bus driver, Kolawole Oluwadare are in critical condition. The are battling for survival at National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos and Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.

The accident occurred on Friday around Mangoro bus stop on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. It was gathered that the school bus was dropping off the pupils at their homes in the afternoon when the accident occurred. It was learnt that the driver of the bus sustained injuries on his arm, chest, leg and head while the three pupils who also sustained serious injuries were rushed to different hospitals
for treatment. On Monday afternoon the bus driver was transferred from Igbobi to LUTH because he was not responding to treatment.

A source close to the victims said no staff of Nigerian Bottling Company, bottlers of Coca-Cola was at the hospitals to commiserate or assist the families of the victims. The source said the proprietress of Taqwa Schools was at one of the hospitals to show concern about the plight of the victims and ascertain how they were responding to
treatment. It was gathered that LUTH Director of Administration, Dr.
Olagunju Ayo has been working hard to ensure that Oluwadare gets better treatment as he had been on the throes of death for five days.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Coca-Cola truck whose name is not yet known, was granted bail on Monday afternoon by the police at Isokoko Division, Agege, where he was detained after the accident. Speaking with P.M.NEWS on telephone, consultant to Coca- Cola simply identified as Chinedu said Coca-Cola does not own trucks but they belong to Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC.

He said the relations of the victims who blamed Coca-Cola for not responding to the victims’ plight might have approached the wrong quarters and that could be the reason why they go a negative response. Chinedu said while NBC owns the trucks, Coca-Cola is a
franchise and one of the products which NBC markets. He therefore advised the victims’ relations to approach the appropriate company.

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