Written by Laraba Murey

Sanwolu, Amechi visit scene of train accident

 

Lagos State Governor,  Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Minister of Transportation,  Chibuike Amaechi, have visited the site of the  fatal train accident in Lagos, which claimed at least, two lives.

 

 

 

 

While sympathising with families of the victims, Sanwo-Olu, said the incident is regrettable because it happened on the day all stakeholders reached a consensus to close down the gates into the shopping arena in oshodi, Lagos.


The governor disclosed that the state and federal governments were on the move to create alternative entry and exit driveways for the shopping arena and other vulnerable points along the railway corridor.

He said  "this is an aspect  of the concerns we have been raising about commuters’ safety on this axis.

"We need to act fast. This fatal accident should strengthen our resolve to do the needful and prevent a repeat of the sad incident in the future."


Sanwo-Olu however warned residents to take safety  measures along the rail track.

“It is also a clarion call on our people to be safety conscious whenever they need to drive across rail track. If there is slow movement of vehicles at any railway bypass, then there is need to keep a safe distance from the rail tracks.

"We have been rolling out advocacy on this and we will intensify efforts on it. Safety of the people is paramount and we will do all required to ensure we put a stop to this kind of accident,” he said.

Victims of the crash, a father and son, were said to be driving into the shopping arena when they were caught up by the speeding train. Their Highlander Jeep got stuck on the rail track.

 


All the six persons in the other vehicle - a passenger bus - escaped with different degrees of injuries after the train dragged the commercial bus 800 meters away from the point of collision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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