Hundreds of commuting train passengers escaped death on Thursday in Lagos when a Apapa-bound mass transit shuttle train derailed at the Ashade railway crossing on the Agege-Ikeja corridor in Lagos. The incident, which the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt happened at about 7.15am, left some of the passengers injured.
Mr Augustine Arisa, Acting Lagos District Manager of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), told NAN that no life was lost in the incident.
“The derailment happened when the Apapa-bound mass transit train skidded off its tracks at the Asade Railway Crossing at Agege on the Ikeja Corridor.The shuttle train was going from Ijoko in Ogun to Apapa. The situation is now under control. We learnt that there was no casualty in the incident as some of the passengers only had minor injuries. Everything is now under control and we are trying to put the train back on the tracks,’’ he said.
Reports from the scene of the accident indicated that some personnel from various security agencies immediately cordoned off the area, to maintain law and order, while some of the injured were rushed to some hospitals in the neighbourhood for first aid treatment.
Arisa, however, confirmed on telephone later that an injured passenger from the incident was recuperating at the NRC Hospital, Ebute Meta.
The derailment caused a road traffic jam along Capitol Road, Agege, which also extended to Mosalasi Alhaja towards Mangoro area in Ikeja.
On November 16, 2018, a passenger train derailed around abattoir area of Agege and on June 20 of the same year, a commercial bus also rammed into a moving train around the Agege corridor. (NAN)