The bus driver of the staff bus belonging to the Lagos State Government, which collided with a moving train in the Ikeja area of the state on Thursday, has asked for forgiveness from the victims of the accident.
This request follows an account given by one of the survivors, identified only as Titilayo, who stated that the bus driver refused to wait for the train to pass despite their pleas.
Another survivor alleged that the driver, a 44-year-old named Oluwaseun Osinbajo, was wearing earphones and disregarded the instructions given by flag officers at the rail line.
Reports indicate that seven people have been confirmed dead, and the injured are receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
The driver, who is employed by the Lagos State Ministry of Transport, has been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department.
He attributed the cause of the accident to a mechanical fault in the bus when sharing his version of events.
It was not my fault. How could I have ignored warning signs? The bus had a mechanical fault. It is a pity this has happened. I beg everyone affected to please forgive me in the name of God.
The Vanguard newspaper quoted him as saying.