Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has ordered that flags be flown at half mast and announced three days of mourning following the death of six persons in an accident where a train rammed into the a BRT bus along the Shogunle area of the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who addressed newsmen shortly after he visited the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where some of the injured persons were taken to, also commiserated with the families of the deceased.
“Lagos is in a state of mourning and for the next 3 days, I am suspending all campaign activities. All flags will be flown at half mast and tomorrow all civil servants will work till 12 noon before returning home to be with their loved ones during this trying time.
“It is still a critical period for some of the patients as we continue to call for blood donations across different state government medical facilities.
Earlier, the Governor confirmed that the fatality from the accident has risen to six.
He added, “of the number of injured persons, 25 were treated very quickly an transferred to the Gbagada General Hospital, Agege General Hospital and the trauma centre at toll gate so this place can be decongested and proper profiling of injuries can be done.
As at noon, the affected bus has been removed from the tracks and the train has been recovered by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency crane.
Normal activities have been restored around the accident scene as traffic experiences free flow toward Ikeja.
FG Commences Investigations
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has directed experts of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB, to commence an immediate investigation into the accident earlier today.
Sirika, in a statement assured the public of the capacity of the NSIB to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the accident and proffer ways of preventing such in the future.
The Minister solicited the cooperation of members of the public as the investigation commences.