Fidet Okhiria, the managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has given an account of the brief he got on the accident involving a train and a bus on Thursday march 9, 2023 in Lagos.
The NRC train was involved in an accident with a Lagos State Government staff bus on the rail track in the Sogunle area of Lagos.
Okhiria told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos: “According to the 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, and then the train crushed the bus; that is what we gathered. The train was coming from Ijoko to Iddo,” he said.
He urged Lagos drivers to be more careful when passing through the level crossing, to avoid train accidents.
NRC boss, 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.
Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu explained that there were 85 passengers on board the bus, six deaths were recorded, 42 persons sustained moderate injuries, 29 sustained serious injuries and eight persons sustained mild injuries according to the LASUTH classification scale.