The accident scene

Juliana Francis

The Commissioner of Police, Railway Command, CP Yetunde Longe, today 9th of February 2023, said that the driver of the BRT Bus, which rammed into a train at the PWD area of Ikeja, Lagos State, is undergoing psychiatric, physiological, and drug tests.

The said driver, who was among those that were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, was said to have been ushered into another unit in the hospital for psychiatric, physiological, and drug tests. This was even as the CP revealed that the driver had also been arrested.

Longe further said: “We are investigating the number of people that died in the crash. An autopsy will be conducted on the remains of the victims on Friday. Presently, we are with the driver, we are handing him over to doctors for medical examinations because there was a flag officer at the railway crossing, flagging him down, but he refused to stop.

“This is why we must subject him to a medical examination. I can only confirm for now that two people died.  As a driver, this is one of the tests you have to take note of because when you get to a level crossing, the train will be honking for people to know that a train is coming. Drivers should ensure they are patient for the train pass.”

When asked why there was no barrier at the level crossing, she replied: “Unfortunately, for now, we don’t have such a thing there anymore. But there was a signalman who was at the crossing in the morning when the crash occurred, the driver of the bus never obeyed the signalman that caused the crash.

“The driver if found culpable will be prosecuted and we are working with the state department of public prosecution, they are gathering more evidence to prosecute him. The driver has been arrested and he is in our custody presently.”

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