An accident involving a train and a danfo bus occurred, yesterday, at the Ajayi Farm railway crossing in Ikeja, Lagos, injuring four persons, among them, a pregnant woman.
Unconfirmed report said one person died during the stampede.
The incident happened barely two days after a similar one also involving a commercial bus occurred at the same spot, where several persons reportedly sustained injuries.
An eye-witnesses account said yesterday’s incident occurred about 7a.m. with the train colliding with the vehicle with number-plate XF 899 FGG which was driving towards Ikeja.
The impact of the collision flung the vehicle with its four passengers – a pregnant woman and three men – to the front of The Christian Dominion Ministry building at 26 Adegbola Street, Anifowoshe.
The pregnant woman, according to eye-witnesses, was bleeding as at the time she was taken to the hospital alongside other passengers,where doctors were said to be battling to save their lives.
When Vanguard arrived the scene, the affected vehicle which had its windscreen shattered, was dripped with blood stains inside. It was glaring that the train hit the vehicle from the driver’s side.
The incident caused a stampede as everyone fled for dear life. But the train did not stop. Officials of the Railway Service were sighted at the scene.
Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Mr. Gbenro Bangbe, blamed the drivers of the train and vehicle, saying: “The bus driver was not patient enough to let the train pass while the train driver did not hoot his horn to alert vehicles that might be driving through the railway.”
Vanguard gathered that a similar incident occurred Monday on same spot, after a train collided with a commercial bus,where several persons reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries.
“On that day, the bus was dragged all the way to the bridge by the train. A lot of people sustained injuries and were rushed to the Ikeja general hospital. It is the same driver that drove the train on Monday that also drove today. He does not hoot the horn like other drivers do”, an eye witness said.
Meanwhile, commercial motorcyclists plying the route have called on the state government to device measures aimed at preventing a re-occurrence.