Six passengers including driver escaped death as a commercial bus collided with a moving train at Oshodi area of Lagos State in early hours of Monday.
Eye witness accounted that all the passengers sustained different degrees of injuries but no life was lost.
According to him, “The driver of the bus, which was heading towards Oshodi tried to maneuver the vehicle and beat the red light that stop vehicular movement but was caught on the railway by the train”.
“The train had already slowed down when the accident happened and the bus was dragged to about 70 metres before the train finally stopped”, he added.
Commenting on the incident, the Director General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed that no life was lost to the accident but the passengers sustained various degrees of injuries.
He also disclosed the injured passengers were immediately treated by the officials of Lagos State Mobile Accident Ambulances that raced to the venue of accident, while the wreckage of the bus had been safely removed.
Oke-Osanyintolu urged drivers of commuter buses to obey traffic regulations to prevent injuries and transport delays.
“The agency received distress calls at 8.12 am on the above. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a passenger motor GGE 972 GE with six passengers had veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train,” he said.
“The bus was then dragged along for a stretch of the journey before the train managed to come to a complete halt.
“The Agency was able to successfully extricate the passengers and noted that there was no loss of life. Casualties have been provided with on site medical care and discharged
“Members of the public, especially drivers of commuter buses are reminded to obey traffic regulations to prevent injuries and transport delays.
“The wreckage of the bus has been safely removed to allow for free flow of commuter traffic.”