The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that its officers were not involved in the cause of the crash along Ogunusi Road, Grammar School Bus Stop, Lagos State.
A hit-and-run truck had crushed some pupils on Tuesday at the bus stop just as they closed from school around 2pm.
The Lagos State Police Command has since arrested the unnamed driver, adding that investigation had commenced into the incident.
The incident grounded vehicular movement as motorists deserted the road and stranded commuters trekked long distances.
In a statement the Sector Commander in the state, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the articulated truck lost control, resulting in the death of “unverified number of students and leaving many injured.”
The statement was titled, ‘FRSC Not Involved In The Crash That Claimed The Lives Of School Children Along Ogunnusi Road, Ojodu: FRSC Lagos Sector Commander’.
He explained that the men of FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash had happened.
The statement read in part, “About seven (7) of the victims were rescued and immediately taken to Lagos State Emergency Centre Ojota by FRSC personnel while another road user helped in carrying about seven (7) also to the same emergency centre.
The general public should disregard the disgruntled information been circulated by some unscrupulous element that FRSC men caused the crash.
“We want to place on record that our men were not in any way involved in the cause of the crash as patrol activities was not ongoing along that axis as at the time of the crash.”
Ogungbemide commiserated with the families of the deceased that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
He also prayed that the injured will recuperate fast.