Some of the survivors of the train accident that occurred in the PWD area of Lagos State said the BRT driver ignored their warnings to wait but he refused.
Kartia Velino had reported that six people were on Thursday confirmed dead while an unspecified number of people were injured after a passenger train crushed a Lagos State Government staff bus on its way from Ikotun en route to Alausa, the state secretariat.
According to The Nation, the survivors said the driver ignored their caution when they told him not to cross the rail line.
The victims, who suffered various degrees of injuries, spoke at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja where they were receiving treatment.
Kazeem Abiola, who had a cast around his neck, he and a few others saw the train coming while they were still on the Agege Motor Road.
Abiola said the driver thought he could drive past before the rail got to the interchange.
“We warned him to allow the train to leave before crossing but he was adamant. Everybody was shouting, cautioning him but he moved. Half of the body of the bus had crossed the rail track before the train hit us. I knew nothing again until I found myself here (LASUTH Emergency Unit),” he said.
Anuoluwapo Musa, a staff of the Lagos State Emergency Maintenance Agency (LASEMA) told The Nation that the bus coming from Ikotun picked him at Jakande.
Musa said he jumped down from the bus immediately after it was hit by the train.
The LASEMA official, who injured his left arm, said: “I was at the back when the incident occurred. I just heard noise from the front rolls cautioning the driver. Not quite long, we were hit by the train. I was conscious enough to jump out of the bus while the train was still dragging our bus,” he said.
Another victim said she also jumped out of the bus but landed inside a ditch. She suffered an arm injury.
She was told that she will be transferred to the Orile-Agege General Hospital with three others. Six victims had earlier been taken to the hospital.
It was gathered that some of those stabilized at the LASUTH were transferred to five general hospitals including General Hospital, Lagos Island, Gbagada General Hospital, and Orile-Agege.