Forgive Me, Lagos BRT Driver in Train Crash Begs Victims

The BRT driver who collided a Lagos State Government staff bus with a moving train in Lagos, has apologised to victims of the accident, asking for their forgiveness.

Six persons were reportedly killed during the crash which occured on Thursday, March 11.

The driver, Oluwaseun Osinbajo, 44, was said to be listening to music through his earpiece while driving and ignored the directive of the Flag Officers at the rail line in the Shogunle area.

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But the BRT driver, however, blamed the incident on a mechanical fault in the bus.

The driver, who works with the Lagos State Ministry of Transport, was also said to have been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department.

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He was said to be overheard narrating to some of his relatives who were waiting for him there.

“It was not my fault. How could I have ignored warning signs? The bus had a mechanical fault,” The Vanguard newspaper quoted him as saying.

“It is a pity this has happened. I beg everyone affected to please forgive me in the name of God.”

The BRT had collided with an oncoming train, filled with passengers en route to the Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, from Ikotun, pushing them metres away before coming to a halt.

The driver of the BRT had veered into the rail track despite signs from the level crossing flag bearers and other motorists urging him not to do so as a train was oncoming.

Emergency responders had conveyed many of the casualties to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja GRA.

About 79 of 85 passengers on the bus were revived and treated for different injuries and subsequently transferred to Gbagada General Hospital, Agege General Hospital, and the trauma centre at the toll gate area of the state.

Train-BRT Bus accident

Speaking to journalists shortly after visiting the injured at LASUTH, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 85 people were involved in the accident out of which 42 had moderate injuries, 29 had serious injuries, and eight with mild injuries.

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