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Bus-Train Crash: NRC mourns victims, cautions motorists to observe railway signs

THE Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has expressed condolences to the families of those killed in yesterday’s accident involving its train and a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) carrying civil servants to work.

In a statement written by its Deputy Director of Public Relations, Yakub Mahmood, the NRC offered its condolences and advised vehicles and the general public to observe railway signs.

So far, the sad incident at the PWD bus stop in the state’s Ikeja area has claimed at least six lives, with over 80 people seeking treatment in various hospitals across the state.

The NRC stated that it had put in place level crossing control and management procedures necessary for preventing accidents by deploying mechanisms and Level Crossing Personnel that work at level crossings around the country to prevent mishaps in the future.

It also urged the public to exercise caution and strictly follow warning signs and instructions from officials when approaching railway level crossings, as well as to completely stop their vehicles when directed to do so by the Level Crossing Keeper and officials, in order to ensure the smooth movement of trains and the safe crossing of motorists and pedestrians.

The NRC stated that all level crossings are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that its management will not back down from its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of recommending drivers and pedestrians to always rigorously follow directions provided by railway workers at level crossings.

It committed to continue working with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), state traffic management agencies such as the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASMA), and others to prevent vehicle collisions with moving trains.

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