Two Killed As Kano-Bound Train Derails

free-train-rideA passenger train that departed Lagos for Kano derailed at Jebba, Niger State in the early hours of Saturday, leaving at least two dead and many passengers injured.
The train, which left Lagos at exactly 12noon on Friday, was carrying dozens of passengers and goods, a survivor said.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, the survivor said the crash occurred after the train suffered brake failure at Jebba Train Station shortly after 7 a.m yesterday.
The survivor, who pleaded not to be named, said at least four persons lost their lives in the accident with unspecified number of injured commuters currently undergoing treatment at various emergency facilities in the town.
“The train left Lagos yesterday and crashed in Jebba this morning around 7 a.m. as it was trying to stop for those of us coming to Jebba”, the survivor said. “It was due to brakes failure”.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, who responded to the emergency, said two persons were confirmed dead after detached coaches from the train fell on passengers.
The spokesperson of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, told the online news medium that the train was conveying goods to Kano, but had few passengers on-board.
“The accident occurred this morning near Jebba Paper Mill and we can confirm that two people, unfortunately, lost their lives and three people were injured”, Mr. Kazeem said. “The train is used more as a cargo train, but it had some travelers inside”.
Mr. Kazeem further stated that FRSC officials and police worked together to rescue trapped passengers and evacuate the injured to the hospital.
“With the support of the police, we were able to get those who were trapped out alive and took those who survived injuries to the hospital”.

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