Train-BRT Collision: Sanwo-Olu Visits Survivors, Calls for Blood Donation

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– Death toll hits six, 29 with severe injuries

Following the tragic occurrence in Lagos Thursday morning, where a train collided with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) with six feared dead and several severely injured, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has visited survivors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH to know the degree of the disaster.

He has also appealed to Lagosians for voluntary blood donation for the survivors, who he said are in dire need of blood.

Sanwo-Olu who empathised with the affected passengers, who were mainly Lagos State civil servants, described the incident as “highly avoidable”. Due to the tragic occurrence, the governor announced that he is suspending his re-election campaign for three days and ordered all flags to be flown at half mast.

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Sanwo-Olu through his Twitter handle said “This was a totally avoidable incident that simply required patience and the need to follow proper transportation protocol”.

He also commended the medical professionals at the Surgical Emergency Ward of LASUTH for their prompt response to the patients who were rushed to the hospital.

According to him: “The team at LASUTH expertly setup an outdoor triage centre which has contributed in saving lives, speeding up injury level profiling and supporting immediate critical action”, he noted.

“There were 85 passengers on board the bus with 6 deaths, 42 (with) moderate injuries, 29 (with)serious and 8 (with) mild injuries according to the LASUTH classification scale”.

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The governor who declared a state of mourning for three days, also announced half-day of work for all civil servants in order to be with their loved ones during the 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. This is a call for our humanity to rise above allowed”, he said.

It was gathered that the bus was trying to cross the railway when the train rammed into it and left several people injured.

The Lagos territorial coordinator, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told newsmen how the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) flag officers were reported to have tried to stop the driver of the bus from crossing before the accident occurred.

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Emergency responders at the occurrence were the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NEMA, Police, FRSC, Civil defense, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation team.

 

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