The News Agency of Nigeria has reported that a mass transit shuttle train yesterday derailed at Ashade railway crossing in Agege, Lagos, with hundreds of passengers trapped for hours.
The exact cause of the accident which was said to have occurred around 7.15 am was not given as at press time, some of the injured passengers were trapped in the coaches for hours before security operatives cordoned off the area, and facilitated the evacuation of the injured to the NRC Hospital in Ebute Meta where they are said to be recuperating.
Acting Lagos District Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Mr. Augustine Arisa said nobody died, however; reports reaching us claimed that two people were confirmed dead.
According to him;
“The derailment occurred when the Apapa-bound mass transit train skidded off its tracks at the Ashade Railway Crossing at Agege, on the Ikeja Corridor.
“The shuttle train was going from Ijoko in Ogun State to Apapa in Lagos.
“The situation is now under control. We learnt that nobody died, but some of the passengers had minor injuries.
“Everything is now under control and we are trying to put the train back on the tracks.’’
Recall that on November 16th last year, a passenger train derailed around abattoir in Agege and on June 20, a commercial bus rammed into a moving train along the Agege corridor.