Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Oshodi – the site of a fatal train accident in Lagos.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised residents to be safety conscious whenever they need to drive across rail tracks and to keep a safe distance from the tracks during slow movement.
Governor Sanwo-Olu gave the advice at the scene of the fatal accident involving a commuter train and two vehicles in Oshodi area of the State.
Two persons reportedly died in the accident, which occurred along the driveway into the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Oshodi.
The victims, a father and son, were said to be driving into the shopping arena when they were caught up by the speeding train as their Highlander Jeep got stuck on the rail track.
Reports have it that a commercial bus had earlier veered off and ran into the passenger train, however, all the six persons in the vehicle escaped with different degrees of injuries after the train dragged the commercial bus 800 meters away from the point of collision.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who visited the scene in company of the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, sympathised with the family of the victims and regretted that the accident occurred on the day the Federal and State Governments had agreed to create alternative entry and exit into the shopping complex due to safety concerns.
“This incident is regrettable because it happened on the day all stakeholders reached a consensus to close down the gates into the shopping arena. And this is part 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.
Governor Sanwo-Olu promised that his administration would intensify safety advocacy to prevent future occurrences, and announced that the State and Federal Government were on the move to create alternative entry and exit at other vulnerable points along the railway corridor.