Monday, 9 May 2016

4 confirmed in Lagos-Kano train derail

Four people travelling on a Lagos-Kano train died on Saturday when the train derailed at Jebba, Kwara State, with three other passengers injured.

The dead victims were said to have been trapped inside a guard van reserved for security personnel aboard the train.

The accident, which occurred around 7am, reportedly affected the train from the rear and destroyed its two baggage vans, one guard van and a power car.

Our correspondents learnt on Sunday that the accident occurred at the entrance of a railway station in Jebba, a town, which borders Kwara and Niger states.

The train, which left Lagos around noon on Friday and expected in Kano the following day, had about 1,000 passengers.

The Deputy Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Abdulraouf Akinwoye, confirmed the accident to journalists on Sunday, adding that the remains of the dead had been deposited at the mortuary.

He also said that those injured in the accidents were treated at a nearby hospital and had been discharged