The sad train accident in Lagos has been discussed by Mr. Fidet Okhiria, the managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC.
On Thursday, Okhiria offered a description of the briefing he received on the railway and bus catastrophe that occurred earlier in the day.
On the rail track in the Sogunle neighborhood of Lagos, an accident involving an NRC train and a staff bus for the Lagos State Government occurred.
The National Emergency Management Agency reports that two bodies have so far been found at the location and that numerous other people have been hurt.
Okhiria told NAN in Lagos that, “information I gathered at the scene of the incident, they said many cars stopped when they got to the level crossing while the Lagos State Staff Bus driver continued moving, which I don’t know why.
”Maybe the driver thought he could pass before the train got nearer to him. He could not pass, then the train crushed the bus; that is what we gathered.
“The train was coming from Ijoko to Iddo.”
He urged Lagos drivers to be more careful when passing through the level crossing, to avoid train accidents.
The managing director, who was concerned about the lives of the Lagos State staff, appealed to motorists to consider the level crossing at all times.
Okhiria said that when motorists get to the level crossing, they should not ignore the point where they should stop.
The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, had said in a statement that a Lagos State Government staff bus was crushed by a moving train at PWD, Ikeja.
Adebayo said that the staff bus was with registration no 04A- 48LA.
He said that the enforcement officers of LASTMA were the first emergency responders at the scene of the accident.
Adebayo said they had called other emergency responders to join in the rescue.