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Construct gates at railway level crossing, FRSC tells authorities

Following the fatal crash that involved a moving train and the Lagos State Staff Bus at PWD railway crossing along Agege motor road, Lagos on Thursday, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Ali Biu, has expressed his heartfelt sympathy for the victims as well as admonished relevant authorities to construct level crossing railway gates to enhance safety in train operations across the country.

While also calling on traders to avoid the unwholesome practice of displaying wears around or on rail tracks, he also cautioned all categories of road users, to desist from undue interference with rail tracks whether or not the rails are been engaged by trains.

This was contained in a Press release signed by the Assistant Corps Marshal
Public Education Officer at the FRSC, Mr. Bishop Kazeem.

In the release, Biu stated that the crashed Marcopolo bus with registration number 04A-48LA conveyed 85 passengers out of which 2 adult occupants were confirmed dead on the spot, while 4 died later at the hospital and the remaining 79 occupants who sustained varying degrees of injuries were rescued and are presently receiving treatment at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

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The Corps Marshal commiserated with the families of the dead and also wished the injured quick recovery and the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the losses.

He commended the FRSC team and all first responders like Nigeria Police, LASEMA, LASTMA for prompt rescue of the victims and promised that the crash will be investigated.

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