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Nigeria: Several passengers feared dead in train crash

Several passengers are feared dead as a train collided with a fully loaded high capacity bus.

The vehicle belongs to Lagos State Government Staff in the PwD/Shogunle area of Ikeja, in Lagos State.

Reports say the bus was headed inward Ikeja through PwD from Oshodi bus terminal when the collision occurred, as it tried to negotiate the route while passing through the rail track without envisaging an oncoming train.

Lagos State Traffic Management Agency LASTMA, said report confirmed there were casualties and effort was on to rescue victims to the nearest hospital.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has said two of the victims involved in the early morning train-BRT crash have died.

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The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofiq, told The PUNCH that the bus was fully loaded with members of staff of the state government, adding that the driver wasn’t patient enough.

He said, “One cannot easily calculate the number of staff members in the bus; it is the same as BRT, some were standing because it is a fully-loaded bus. The driver was supposed to have waited for the train because he still had time. It wasn’t 8 am yet, so why the rush?

“Two people have died and the train dragged the bus to an extent while some people were also fast to have jumped out of the bus while some were trapped. We can say 15 rescued for now. We can’t give the exact number but two people have died.”

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