Three persons were confirmed dead and 84 others injured on Thursday when train crushed a BRT bus conveying staff of the Lagos State Government at PWD Bus Stop, off old works road Ikeja Lagos.
Investigation gathered revealed that the immediate cause of the accident was due to reckless driving from part of the BRT bus driver while trying to beat the train road signal before the moving train rammed into the BRT bus.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), three (3) adults, which comprises of two females and one male were confirmed dead and 84 people are seriously injured.
“The injured victims have been administered first aid treatment by the agency’s medical team (paramedics) and LASAMBUS officials and were well stabilized before being transported to Ikeja General Hospital and trauma center for further treatment”, the Permanent Secretary, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the early Thursday morning accident involving the train and the Lagos State Government staff bus.
The Governor, who is saddened by the event, sends deep condolences to the families of those that lost their lives in the accident, praying that God would grant them eternal rest.
He said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the accident. The vehicle was conveying staff of the Lagos State Government, our staff who serve the state in different capacities. Let’s say a prayer for the families and a prayer of mercy and protection for our state. My thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.”
In a statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, Governor Sanwo-Olu thanks Lagosians who joined the State’s first responders in the search and rescue operation, saying the true spirit of Lagos must be sustained at all times.
“A big thank you to well-meaning Lagosians who immediately joined in rescue efforts. Our first responders and emergency services are on ground and we will share more information shortly.” He said.
The Governor promised to give updates on the incident as it is deemed necessary.