- One person has lost his life to the train collision which happened in Lagos on Monday
- Giving details of the tragic incident, LASEMA said another person who was injured has been taken to the hospital while the vehicles involved have been recovered
- Governor Sanwo-Olu and transport minister, Amaechi, have also visited the scene of the accident
The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Transport minister Rotimi Amaechi, have visited the scene of the train accident which occurred in Lagos on Monday, September 14.
It was earlier reported that one person involved in the train accident in Lagos has died.
Governor Sanwo-Olu sympathised with the families of the victims while noting that the accident was regrettable.
The governor said the incident happened on the day the state and federal government reached an agreement to close down the shopping complex’s gates at the railway line because of safety concern.
He said: “This incident is regrettable because it happened on the day all stakeholders reached a consensus to close down the gates into the shopping arena. And this is part of the concerns we have been raising about commuters’ safety on this axis. We need to act fast.
This fatal accident should strengthen our resolve to do the needful and prevent a repeat of the sad incident in the future.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Team said it has recovered a white bus with registration number GGE 972 GE from the accident scene.
According to LASEMA, the bus veered onto the rail tracks while crossing the Railway line at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train.
LASEMA's head of public affairs, Nosa Okunbor, said the accident has left one adult male dead, from the two occupants of the second vehicle, a Toyota Highlander Jeep, involved in the collision.
The other occupant has been taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Members of the public, especially drivers of commuter buses were reminded to obey traffic regulations and be vigilant in order to prevent injuries and fatalities.
Earlier, the director-general of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed that the driver of the bus and his passengers escaped death, but sustained injuries in the incident.
He also noted that the accident occurred when the bus veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train.
In other news, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with families, friends and associates of victims of the Bell 206 helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation which crashed on Friday, August 28, into a building in Opebi, Lagos state.
A statement issued by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, August 28, after the crash, noted that the nation awaited report of an investigation into the accident by aviation regulatory agencies.
Adesina added that the president prayed that God would console the bereaved families, grant peace to the souls of the dead and speedy recovery for the injured.
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