A middle-aged driver was yesterday burnt to death when his bus caught fire on the Third Mainland Bridge.
The Mazda bus went up in flames after its tyre burst on the motion.
A Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) official said the passengers inside the 15-seater bus marked MUS781XB rushed out.
“Immediately the tyre burst, the bus somersaulted twice. As soon as it came to a halt, the bus caught fire leaving the passengers no choice than to run for their lives. They did not know the driver was trapped in the bus. Even when the fire was quenched, the seat belt was still intact on his body. Commercial drivers who recognised the bus gathered at the scene and informed the owner of the bus. It was a great loss,” he said.
Sources said the incident caused a traffic gridlock, adding that the driver was burnt beyond recognition.
It was learnt that the body was removed by the police and given to his family.
The driver, it was gathered, is a resident of Ishawo near Ikorodu, Lagos