Transport Minister Orders Investigation into Lagos Train Accident
The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has expressed deep sadness over a train accident that occurred in Lagos early this morning, Thursday, March 9th, 2023.
The accident involved a Nigerian Railway Corporation passenger train and a Lagos State Government staff bus that was conveying workers to their offices in the Shogunle area of Lagos State.
In response to the incident, the Minister has ordered an immediate and full investigation. He sympathized with the victims and prayed for the repose of the souls of those that died and quick recovery for the ones injured.
“We are saddened by the news of the accident which occurred this morning involving a train operated by the Nigerian Railway Corporation and a Lagos State staff bus, conveying workers to their offices in the early hours of today in Shogunle, Lagos,” the Minister said.
The Minister also commiserated with the families of the victims as well as the Government and people of Lagos state over the incident. He appreciated the Lagos State Government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and members of the public for their cooperation in helping to clear the site of the incident and ensuring that the injured got immediate treatment.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Railway Police command has taken over the investigation into the incident as a result of the directive of the Honourable Minister of Transportation for a detailed investigation of the incident.
The accident has caused a huge traffic gridlock in the area as rescue workers try to clear the scene.
Eyewitnesses reported that the train collided with the bus at a railway crossing. Many passengers were said to have been injured and rushed to nearby hospitals for medical attention.
The Minister assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring the safety of passengers and would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the cause of the accident is unravelled and that measures are put in place to prevent such incidents in the future.
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