By Joyce Remi-Babayeju
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has sympathized with BRT staff bus and train collusion crash victims which occurred Thursday morning at PWD railway intersection.
While sympathizing with the Lagos state government and victims and families of those who lost their lives in the accident described it as unfortunate .and unavoidable the crash which involved 85 people who lost their lives.
“ I express my condolences to the Lagos state government and victims of this fatal train accident. This is tragic and very unfortunate especially when it could have been avoided by exercising a little patience. I am very saddened by the loss of lives through the carelessness of a BRT driver.”
“May God rest their souls. We pray for the quick recovery of those injured in the accident as some of the survivors have been taken to hospital by the first responders for treatment.*
“ We however need more sensitization programmes for BRT drivers and other railway line and road users on the dangers of crossing the rail when a train is approaching.”
The South West Zonal Coordinator, of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye during an eye witness reported, said that the State Government staff bus attempted crossing the PWD/Sogunle rail while the train was approaching but got trapped on the rail leading to the crash.
Farinloye said many victims were rescued by LASEMA, NEMA, Police, FRSC, Civil Defebce and the Nigeria Railway Corporation team while some died in the crash, adding bodies of the dead have since been deposited in the morgue.