Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has visited the site of the fatal accident involving a commuter train and two vehicles in the Oshodi area of Lagos state. The governor was accompanied by Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
The on-the-spot assessment comes less than 24 hours after the accident occurred on Monday Morning.
Two persons, a father, and a son, reportedly died in the disaster.
The duo were reportedly driving into the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Oshodi, when their Highlander Jeep got stuck on the rail track. They were unable to get off the track before they were caught up by a speeding train.
Meanwhile, six persons in a passenger bus escaped with different degrees of injuries after colliding with the train.
Sanwo-Olu who described the accident as regrettable sympathised with the families of the victims. According to him, the incident happened on the day the State Government and the Federal Government reached an agreement to close down the shopping complex’s gates at the railway line because of 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.
“It is also a clarion call on our people to be safety conscious whenever they need to drive across the rail tracks. If there is a slow movement of vehicles at any railway bypass, then there is a need to keep a safe distance from the rail tracks. We have been rolling out advocacy on this and we will intensify efforts on it. Safety of the people is paramount and we will do all required to ensure we put a stop to this kind of accident.,” the governors said.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State Government and the Federal Government were on the move to create alternative entry and exit driveways for the shopping arena and other vulnerable points along the railway corridor.
This effort, the Governor believed, will strengthen the safety of commuters and motorists along rail corridors.