SUV Skids off the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge & Plunges into Lagoon | Lone Occupant Survives

A Toyota Sienna skidded off the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos and plunged into the lagoon this morning, with a driver who was the lone occupant inside. Thankfully, the FRSC has confirmed that he survived with injuries.

The accident survivor was pulled out from the Lagos Lagoon alive by Ilaje fishermen who arrived on the scene soon after the incident. He was taken to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital in Ikeja.

The cause of the accident was attributed to overspeeding by the FRSC.

We are thankful he is alive.

Below is a video of a witness’ account of the rescue efforts.

35 Comments on SUV Skids off the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge & Plunges into Lagoon | Lone Occupant Survives
  • i no send January 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    poor picture quality

  • linabella January 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    instead of saying bad road infrastructure coupled with speeding caused the problem, they blamed it only on the speeding. FRSC, infact i no blame una, i blame us for voting corrupt officials into office that then hired una. May God help nigeria

  • Annoying January 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Thank God the driver survived!

    I don’t get why people are standing around there just looking. like WTF… Keeping it moving and stop blocking traffic!

    • jonz January 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      A lot of people are literally jobless

    • chic January 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      The traffic was already blocked by the huge crane that was trying to get the car out of the water. If you look carefully most of the people were standing on the side of the road not the middle. A car fell off a bridge it is only normal that people will be curious and want to watch the rescue efforts. The rescue operation was happening below there was only so much the people “just looking” from the bridge could do.

  • Yemmy brown January 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    @linabella Wat else do u want dem 2 do to the 3rd mainland bridge dat they just fixed, that road is very good,many people drive on dat road and nothing happens to them, it’s his carelessness not the road

  • Babe January 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Sienna is a minivan and not an SUV tho. I’m so glad the driver survived. Kudos to the ilaje people. May God bless them

  • Miss Mo January 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Toyota Sienna is not an SUV, it’s a mini van.

    Either way thank God for his life. Lucky him, quite scary.

  • Adeola January 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Bad road is not an escuse. 3MB has been repaired and its motorable. I’ll call that careless driving (except it had brake problem). Thank God for his life

  • Jay January 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    By the time BRF/ Tinubu sees the number of canoes and fishermen on the scene, taxation will be upon them.

  • Chigo January 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Thank God he survived!…. in his life time i’m sure he’ll never speed again

  • molarah January 26, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Linabella, do you live in Lagos at all? Which “poor road infrastructure” are you referring to on 3rd MB?
    We know Nigeria has problems, but we won’t help the situation by listing imaginary issues.

    I’m so glad the guy survived. Was following that story on twitter all day with dread in my stomach. Thank God for the local fishermen that mobilized so quickly to get the man rescued.

  • Sara Adebayo January 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Where are the emergency people??? Everybody so eager to take pictures instead of helping him with first aid, ambulance etc …. chai!!!!

  • tolu January 27, 2013 at 12:29 am

    @ i no send… like seriously??
    u were expecting the qlty of a movie abi? cos i suppose u go around with a 100 mega pixel video camera, jst waiting fr the next suv to skid off the road and into the lagoon so u can give us “rich” picture quality! *looong hiss*

  • Ari L. January 27, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Thank God for the driver o. Nigerians like gbaborun. See how they take gather for there!

  • Chichi January 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Quick question….why are all these ppl standing around??

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  • Haks January 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Glad dude survived..but naija needs to do better the whole rescue and hospital transport was done by good Samaritans why? where is emergency rescue? Glad dude survived sha..and those people gawking are drivers who parked to watch making traffic worse..all those people didn’t happen to be chilling on 3rd mainland.

  • Osigwe Augustine January 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    pls nigerains shu try and do some thing about it

  • salsera January 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    do you read ? so was it ordinary people that got the crane to pick them out.
    And besides 3rd Mainland bridge has communities living at both ends and Sunday morning can still have quite a bit traffic. I suspect that speeding and maybe the driver was sleeping

  • Nkechi January 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    You guys amaze me as if you wouldn’t park your cars to see what was going on if you were there not that I am condoning it stop being so judgemental. I am guessing most people went straight to the video without reading the article first let me help you out; the man would probably have drowned before the emergency services got there if you read carefully the fishermen who were NEARBY and probably more familiar with those waters than anyone else pulled him out so did you guys want them to sit back and watch while dialling emergency services as the poor guy drowned? The article says that he was fished out of the water and then taken to hospital by whom we don’t know but gathering by the fact that there was a cranetruck already there trying to pull the car out of the water I can only guess that maybe there was an ambulance of sorts or a good samaritan took him to hospital. I am gathering from the comments that everyone who was on the bridge that day should have jumped into the water rescued the poor guy, ALL given him first aid at the same time and ALL trooped with him to the hospital? The only thing I agree with here is that Nigeria and a city like Lagos for that matter needs to have a better equiped and reliable public emergency service.

  • Agbeke January 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Thank God the guy survived but like someone said there’s only so much the people on the bridge could have done.the fishermen and thir canoes were in a better position.and please speed kills

  • ShareYoruba January 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Na wa o
    Guys and Girls,

  • Ann January 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    God is indeed GREAT,tnk u Jesus,cos i said a prayer for this fellow yesterday.

  • mr samson January 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks God that the guy make it ,because the speed was too much,I was on the brigde when the acident happen

  • gistyinka January 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    good bless this nation with good leaders ooo….

  • pynk January 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Lagos state needs to train those fishermen in things like CPR. they will do a lot more than emergency response and with a lot less too. God bless them.
    PS: wtf is overspeeding. speeding is speeding. BN Sienna is a minivan tori olorun.

  • Longsufferer January 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Over speeding? How does one overspeed? I think spp

  • Odior January 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    It’s ridiculous this days when there is an accident or someone been mobbed instead of helping Nigerians will be filming

  • Unknown January 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    The driver has a lot to be thankful for. The structure of that bridge has become a death trap and so many have lost their life’s unfortunately. And the numerous bad drivers too…. Wow God have mercy.

  • Ugochi January 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    @ Nkechi a very big thanks to your comment. i was on the other side of the bridge when i saw the crowd. i told the driver to park so that i and my friend can see what was happening on the other side of the bridge. when i got there i realized that a car skidded of the bridge. at that moment i dialed 911 to tell them about the accident and they told me a rescue team was on the way. so you see, this is cos of people like some of you here saying why are people there, the ilaje fishermen dived in to check the guy but couldn’t open the door. i bet u, if u were there you would have stopped to look, take picture and video it too. secondly, the filming is meant for publicity, yes publicity cos if not you wouldn’t have seen it to comment on. thirdly, and this is for nelabella, the road is not bad. don’t just open your mouth to say stuffs u don’t know anything about. thanks.

  • Bukky January 28, 2013 at 4:56 am

    No, what the government needs to do, is to properly recruit and train emergency workers e.g first responders and paramedics.Why should it be up to fishermen who are going about their business trying to feed their families? Our country is just an effing shame! People say Lagos is the place to be if you are rich…I beg to differ, your money cannot save you from the inadequacies of the government.Your money will not save you when you are in trouble and need immediate help!!Our leader are busy squandering our money and we keep applauding them by show casing their ill gotten wealth and gawking at the money they stole from us.Only in Naija will a political thief raise his head in public. We are a truly a perverse nation.

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