Thursday was a day of tragedy in Lagos as a passenger train collided with a metro bus, leaving multiple fatalities in its wake. The incident occurred during rush hour at the Sogunle rail crossing leading into Adekunle Fajuyi Way in Ikeja, causing shock and disbelief among onlookers. The eyewitness accounts obtained from two social media platforms reveal the extent of the carnage caused by the collision, with some describing the scene as horrific and unimaginable.
According to the eyewitnesses, the passenger train had derailed from its tracks and crashed into the metro bus, causing severe damage to the bus and dragging it several hundred meters with its passengers. The impact of the collision was so severe that many feared that there could be no survivors. The authorities have not yet released an official statement on the number of casualties, but reports suggest that many people were injured, and some may have lost their lives in the tragic accident.
One of the witnesses revealed that the bus driver entered the rail tracks without observing normal caution, leading to the catastrophic collision with the train. It is unclear whether the driver had ignored the warning signs or was unaware of the danger posed by the train tracks. The lack of updates from the police and emergency services spokespeople has left many worried about the number of casualties and the condition of those injured in the crash.
The emergency services were yet to arrive at the scene, and the incident was gruesome, with passengers still being pulled out of the wreckage. Some of the passengers were believed to be teachers who were commuting to work using the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit department. The train was said to be northbound and collided shortly after a routine stop at the major terminal in Oshodi.
The tragedy has once again highlighted the need for improved infrastructure and safety measures on the country’s rail network to prevent such accidents from happening again. The Nigerian government has been making efforts to revitalize the rail sector in recent years, but more needs to be done to ensure the safety of passengers and workers on the network.
This tragic incident is a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to safety rules and regulations when using public transportation. It is also a call to action for the government and other stakeholders to do more to ensure that accidents like this never happen again. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time, and we hope that the authorities will take swift action to provide the necessary support to those affected by the tragedy.