Five persons dead as train crushes BRT bus
The Lagos state staff bus involved in the accident being moved out of the scene by a state Emergency truck at PWD busstop area of lkeja in Lagos. Photo Credit: Adeyemi Adesanya
Five persons have been feared dead and many others severely injured in a fatal accident involving a BRT Bus and a fast moving train at PWD bus stop, Ikeja, Lagos.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent Abiola Peters who visited the scene of the accident reports that the bus with emblem of Lagos State Government and marked with number 250033, was hit in the middle by the train while it attempted to cross the track, dragging it a few metres.
Eyewitnesses say they could hear the horn of the train, when the bus driver attempted to cross the rail track.
The driver reportedly attempted to escape but was apprehended by bystanders.
Victims of the accident includes; persons hanging on the train which took off from Ijoko in Ogun State.
It took over thirty minutes before any ambulance arrived the scene, while rescue services were carried out by well meaning individuals.
An eyewitness, Mr Musa Hayatou and many others blamed the unfortunate incident on the absence of officials of the Nigeria Railway Corporation to control movement at terminals.
Mr Hayatou also expressed disappointment over the late arrival of the emergency service providers, despite the closeness of the scene to the Lagos State General Hospital and Police State Command.
Rescue operations by a combined team of Emergency Management agencies are ongoing as at the time of this report.
Reporting by Abiola Peters; Editing by Julian Osamoto