UPDATED: 1 dies as passenger train derails in Lagos

Derailment

One person died and several others sustained varying degrees of injuries when a mass transit shuttle train derailed at the Ashade railway crossing on the Agege-Ikeja corridor on Thursday in Lagos.

Security operatives 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.

The Lagos District Manager of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Jerry Oche, confirmef to newsmen that one life was lost in the accident.

“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,” Oche said.

He, however, confirmed on telephone later that one passenger, who was critically injured in the accident, was recuperating at the NRC Hospital, Ebute Meta but later died.

The derailment caused a traffic jam along Capitol Road, Agege, which also extended to Mosalasi Alhaja, towards Mangoro area in Ikeja.

Oche said the fallen coaches have been re-railled while the tracks were being repaired.

He assured that the train service would be restored as soon as repair work on the rail track is completed before the end of the day.

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It would be recalled that, on Nov. 16, 2018, a passenger train derailed around abattoir area of Agege while on June 20 of the same year, a commercial bus also rammed into a moving train around the same Agege corridor.

By our correspondent

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