Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau ( NSIB) has been directed to commence Immediate investigation into the reported collision of a passenger train and a bus conveying workers to their work places in Lagos Thursday morning.
This is coming after the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the part of the BRT bus driver trying to beat the train traffic signal before the collision.
The accident took place at the PWD bus stop in the Ikeja area of Lagos state.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who gave the directive to the NSIB described the accident as unfortunate and assured the public of the capacity of the Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the accident and proffer ways of preventing such in the future.
He solicits the cooperation of members of the public as investigation by the NSIB team commences.
He commiserates with the government and people of Lagos state, especially those who have lost their loved ones, on the sad event, and prays for the quick recovery of those injured in the accident.
So far, according to Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu Permanent Secretary Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) in a situation report, it was discovered that a Viale BRT bus with an unknown registration number and a train was involved in an accident at the above mentioned address.
According to him, investigation gathered revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the part of the BRT bus driver while trying to beat the train traffic signal before the moving train rammed into the BRT bus.
Unfortunately, two adults were confirmed dead and several people seriously injured.
The injured victims have been administered first aid treatment by the agency’s medical team (paramedics) and LASAMBUS officials, well stabilized and being transported to trauma center at LASUTH Ikeja for further treatment.
The agency’s LRT at Cappa alongside LRT at C3, LRU paramedics at C3, Onipanu, Cappa, LASAMBUS officials, Nigeria Police Force, LASTMA, LNSC and Nigerian Army are responders present at the scene of the accident.