A train accident which occurred in the early hours of Monday resulted in the death of two passengers. A bus with veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi, Lagos and collided with a fast-moving commuter train in the process.
The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osantintolu, who confirmed the incident said the situation which happened around 8 AM, had been brought under control with no loss of life recorded.
According to Oke-Osanyintolu, “The agency received distress calls on the above. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a passenger bus with registration number GGE 972 GE, had veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi, Lagos.
As an update, the Lagos State Government has revealed that the train accident claimed the lives of a father and son.
According to a statement signed by Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State governor, the victims were heading to the Oshodi shopping arena before they were caught up by the speeding train.
“Two persons reportedly died in the accident, which occurred along the driveway into the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Oshodi.
“The victims, a father and son, were said to be driving into the shopping arena when they were caught up by the speeding train. Their Highlander Jeep got stuck on the rail track.
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The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osantintolu, said, “Additional investigations reveal that a third vehicle, a highlander was also involved in the collision and its passengers, two adult males, sustained serious injuries before being transported to the LASUTH. One of the victims has since lost his life and had been placed in the hospital morgue while the other is still undergoing treatment.
“Please recall that the agency received distress calls around 8.12 am on the incident. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a commercial bus, GGE 972 GE, with six passengers veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train.
“The bus and the Jeep were then dragged along for a stretch of the journey before the train managed to come to a complete halt. The Agency was able to successfully extricate the passengers and one life was lost. Casualties have been provided with on-site medical care and discharged. A 20-year-old boy that sustained severe injuries was taken to LASUTH for further treatment
“Members of the public, especially drivers of commuter buses are reminded to obey traffic regulations to prevent injuries and transport delays. The wreckage of the bus has been safely removed to allow for a free flow of commuter traffic.”
He said the other casualties have been provided with on the spot medical care and discharged.