6 Dead, 78 Injured As Train Collides With Bus In Lagos
At least six persons have been confirmed dead, and Seventy-eight others injured, after a Train collided with a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) staff bus in Ikeja, Lagos.
The incident happened on Thursday morning.
Witnesses at the scene said the bus was attempting to cross the rail track when an oncoming train rammed into it.
The train reportedly dragged the bus from Shogunle to the PWD area of Ikeja.
Governor Babajide sanwo-olu, while confirming the incident in a press briefing later in the day, said the bus was conveying staff of the Lagos state government.
He declared three days of mourning in the state and directed that flags be flown at half mast.
“I was at LASUTH to understand the condition of the victims of the bus/train accident.”
“The team at LASUTH expertly setup an outdoor triage centre which has contributed in saving lives, speeding up injury level profiling and supporting immediate critical action.”
“This was a totally avoidable incident that simply required patience and the need to follow proper transportation protocol.”
“There were 85 pax on board the bus with 6 deaths, 42 moderate injuries, 29 serious and 8 mild injuries according to the LASUTH classification scale.”
“Lagos is in a state of mourning and for the next 3 days, I am suspending all campaign activities. All flags will be flown at half mast and tomorrow all civil servants will work till 12 noon before returning home to be with their loved ones during this trying time.”
“It is still a critical period for some of the patients as we continue to call for blood donations across different state government medical facilities.”
“This is a call for our humanity to rise above all. I also thank LASEMA, the security agencies, staff and students of LASUTH for rising up to the occasion as soon as this unfortunate incident happened.” Sanwo-olu said