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Passenger train derails in Lagos

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 Rufus Akindele

Scores of passengers narrowly escaped death in Lagos on Thursday when a mass transit shuttle train derailed at the Ashade Railway Crossing on the Agege-Ikeja corridor in Lagos.

The incident occurred at about 7.15hrs, leaving some of the passengers sustaining various degrees of injuries.

Security agencies immediately cordoned off the area, to maintain law and order, while some of the injured were taken to some hospitals in the neighbourhood, for first aid treatment.

The Acting District Manager of the Nigeria Railway Corporation in Lagos, Mr Augustine Arisa, said 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,’’ Arisa stated.

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

Similar incident happened on 16 November, 2018 around abattoir area of Agege and on 20 June, 2018 a commercial bus also rammed into a moving train around the Agege corridor.