SANWO-OLU VISITS TRAIN VICTIMS IN HOSPITAL, DECLARES THREE DAYS MOURNING. By Julie Ekong
Written by Olajide Oloyede on March 9, 2023
The Lagos State Government has commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. Olajide Adediran and the Labour Party candidate, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, for visiting the victims.
“I want to thank them for their show of commitment, beyond politics, the victims of the accident are human beings and public servants so I want to thank them for coming here. I want to also encourage all other public-spirited Lagosians to join us in this very difficult moments,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.
Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu who gave the commendation when he visited the accident victims in the Staff Bus with Number 33, carrying civil servants and their dependants from Isolo to Alausa had a head-on collision with a commercial train at PWD Bus-Stop, along Agege Motor Road, noted that Lagos had the capacity to tackle emergency.
The accident occurred at about 7:30 am while crossing the rail track and during the process, collided with the commercial train of which many of the civil servants and their dependants on the bus sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The victims of the train accident were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and they were promptly attended to by the medical personnel who created a triage, emergency tents within the hospital to attend urgently to those involved in the accident.
The prompt attention and urgent intervention of LASUTH staff who were joined by the students and staff of the College of Medicine of Lagos State University, 79 people out of 85 passengers on the bus were revived and treated for different injuries and are receiving treatment at LASUTH and other government-owned hospitals.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who arrived LASUTH few hours after the accident to see the injured staff expressed sadness over the incident and sympathised with the victims.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola and members of the State Executive Council, visited all the victims.
The statement says investigation is ongoing adding that the driver of the bus is currently in Police custody.
Speaking to journalists after the visit, Governor Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 85 people were involved in the accident out of which 42 had moderate injuries, 29 serious injuries and eight with mild injuries.