Lagos train accident: Switching seats saved my life – Civil servant

...police vow to prosecute bus driver


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A civil servant in Lagos State has disclosed that she escaped death in Thursday’s ghastly accident involving a train and a state government staff bus because she heeded her friend’s call to switch seats.

Recall that tragedy struck in the Centre of Excellence a few minutes before 8 am on Thursday when a passenger train collided with a fully-loaded staff bus belonging to the Lagos State Government at the PWD rail crossing, off the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

On Friday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi confirmed that the accident recorded 102 casualties including 6 fatalities.

The survivor, who spoke on Friday under the condition of anonymity, called her survival a “miracle”.

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She said, “I would have been one of those in the morgue.

“I boarded the bus at Ikotun and sat on the middle row, close to the window, a position that had become my permanent seat.

“But on that fateful day, a friend (names withheld) invited me to come sit with her on the third row in front.

“She said the person she reserved the seat for called to say she won’t be joining the staff bus.

“That was how I left my permanent seat, which happened to be the exact place the train hit.

“Any time I remember that, I would quickly dismiss the thought of death with a shrug.

“This can only be God and I am grateful,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has promised to prosecute the driver of the staff bus, Oluwaseun Osinbajo, who has been blamed for the mishap.

In a Friday statement, the command said Osinbajo was already in custody.


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