The emergency response agency reported that a train collided with a passenger bus on Thursday in Lagos, Nigeria, leaving six people dead and numerous others injured.
According to Ibrahim Farinloye, the state director of Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, the bus that collided with the intra-city train in the Ikeja neighborhood of Lagos was transporting government employees to their places of employment.
Six people have died so far, including those who passed away at the hospital, according to Farinloye. “So far, 84 people have been rescued alive and taken to the hospital. No one on the train was hurt, he claimed; everyone hurt was from the bus.
According to locals, train and truck accidents are frequent in many Nigerian cities where traffic laws are frequently disregarded. Despite strict penalties put in place by authorities in recent years to try and reduce the crashes, they remain a significant issue in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and commercial center.
According to Lagos State Emergency Management Agency secretary Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the bus driver responsible for the accident on Thursday disobeyed the traffic signal. Oke-Osanyintolu claimed that the bus driver’s reckless driving, in which he attempted to beat the train traffic signal before the train struck him, was the immediate cause of the incident.
The governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, expressed his sadness at the news and urged people to give blood. He tweeted, “Let’s pray for the families and for mercy and protection for our state.