The Managing Director, of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, on Thursday, gave an account of the brief he got on the accident involving a train and a bus earlier in the day.
The NRC train was involved in an accident with a Lagos State Government staff bus on the rail track in the Sogunle area of Lagos.
Two bodies have so far been recovered from the scene, while several others are injured, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
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While talking News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, Okhiria explained that he was informed that the Lagos State Staff Bus driver had refused to stop for the train despite seeing other drivers doing so.
He went further saying the bus driver must have thought he could quickly cross the track but miscalculated.
“According to the information I gathered at the scene of the incident, they said many cars stopped when they got to the level crossing while the Lagos State Staff Bus driver continued moving, which I don’t know why.
“Maybe the driver thought he could pass before the train got nearer to him. He could not pass, and then the train crushed the bus; that is what we gathered.
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“The train was coming from Ijoko to Iddo,”
He urged Lagos drivers to be more careful when passing through the level crossing, to avoid accidents.
The managing director, who was concerned about the lives of the Lagos State staff, appealed to motorists to consider the level crossing at all times.
Okhiria said that when motorists get to the level crossing, they should not ignore the point where they should stop.
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