On Thursday, a tragic train crash occurred in Lagos state, Nigeria, involving a government staff bus carrying civil servants and some dependents from Isolo to Alausa, which collided with a commercial train at PWD Bus-Stop along Agege Motor Road. The accident occurred when the staff bus was about to cross the rail track and collided with the train during the process. Six of the 85 passengers on the bus died, and 79 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Among the victims was Oreoluwa Aina, a 28-year-old National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member who was serving with the Curriculum Services Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Education in Alausa. Aina was one of the six victims who were confirmed dead.
On Saturday, the remains of Oreoluwa Aina were laid to rest at Atan cemetery. The burial was attended by family members, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Yetunde Baderinwa, and a delegation of the state government led by the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, along with some top members of the state Executive Council, visited family members of the victims at their respective homes and offered prayers on Friday. Adefisayo also conveyed the heartfelt condolences of the state governor and the people of the state to the families, praying for God to grant the departed souls eternal rest and the families fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In addition, the wife of President-elect, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, and the wife of Lagos State Governor, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, visited the recuperating victims of the train crash at their different wards and hospitals, where they are currently receiving treatment. The duo also donated and presented various items to aid smooth recovery.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, gave an update on the medical treatment of the patients, disclosing that a total of 53 patients/passengers had been discharged as of Sunday, March 12, 2023.
The tragic accident is a reminder of the need for greater caution on the roads and railways, as well as the need for adequate support for the families of the victims and the injured. We extend our condolences to the families of the deceased and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured. May their souls rest in peace.