Four Die As Train Crushes Tricycle In Lagos

File Photo: LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu.

 

Four persons have been killed in an accident involving a moving train and a tricycle at the Iju area of Lagos State.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the accident was as a result of reckless driving on the part of the tricycle operator who tried to cross the rail line.

“The Agency received a distress call via the emergency toll free number 112/767 regarding an accident at the Iju area, Shina Peters Road Iju Ishaga on Tuesday, 30th of April 2019 at about 6:52 am.

“On arrival at the scene of incident, it was gathered that a tricycle with five people on board had a collision with a moving train at the aforementioned address.

“Further information gathered at the scene revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the path of the tricycle driver trying to cross the rail crossing,” he added.

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The statement also stated that “four (4) persons (three adult males and one adult female) lost their lives, while one adult male escaped unhurt.”

The bodies of the deceased were recovered and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) who was on ground at the scene of the accident.

Mr Tiamiyu also advised motorists especially tricycle operators to always exercise patience when crossing railway line to avoid unnecessary loss of lives in the State.

Attempted Suicide: Two Women Rescued In Lagos

Attempted Suicide: Two Women Rescued In LagosBarely a week after a medical doctor, Allwell Orji, took the plunge into the Lagos lagoon, two women have been rescued along the same axis.

One of the suspects, a 71-year-old food vendor, Abigal Ogunyinka, claimed that she collected a sum of money from a micro finance bank and had failed on the weekly refund for two weeks.

The second suspect, said to be a textile dealer in Lagos Island, had also made an attempt to jump into the lagoon from the Oworonsoki end before she was rescued.

She was alleged to have been indebted to her foreign partners.

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In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, said the State Command would ensure that the law takes its course in the matter.

“We will not close our eyes to ensuring that the law takes its course in some of these cases, we will take them through therapy.

“I have asked the Police Clinic to get psychologists that would take them through depression to purge out whatever is on their minds,” he said.

The Friday incidents make the second and third cases of suicide attempts foiled in Lagos State in less than a week.

The first was the case of a middle-aged woman who was rescued by some local fishermen and divers, after jumping into the lagoon in the Maza-Maza area of the state.

Woman Rescued After Jumping Into Lagos Lagoon

Woman Rescued After Jumping Into Lagos LagoonA middle-aged woman reportedly jumped into the lagoon in the Maza-Maza area of the state, a day after Dr. Allwell Orji plunged into the Lagos lagoon. 

The woman was however lucky, as she was rescued by some local fishermen and divers in the area.

According to witnesses, the woman, dressed in a blouse and trousers was earlier seen walking aimlessly and when she got to the middle of the Maza-Maza bridge, she climbed the rail and plunged into the lagoon, but the fishermen dived in after her and she was rescued.

Although her details are yet to be ascertained, it was gathered that she was rushed to a nearby hospital by her rescuers.

 

 

Lagos Police Retract Statement On Recovery Of Dr. Orji’s Body

Man Allegedly Drowned In Lagos Lagoon Yet To Be RecoveredThe Lagos Police have said that they are unsure of the identity of the body recovered from the Lagos Lagoon, after confirming to Channels Television that the body of Dr. Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday had been recovered.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni had earlier claimed that Dr. Orji’s body was found by the Marine Police, at the Onikan end of the Lagoon.

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Dr. Orji allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the popular and busy Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.

Reports from the Police authorities said he had asked his driver to stop before jumping across the bridge.

Dr. Orji worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.