One Dies As Train Derails At Agege-Ashade Ram Market


One person has died after a train derailed from the rail tracks at the Agege-Ashade ram market in the Agege area of Lagos on Thursday.

The incident occurred after the last three coaches of a train heading towards Ebutte Metta from Iju left the tracks at Agege-Ashade ram market area  while the remaining coaches continued with its journey.

Jerry Ochi, the Lagos Railway District Manager (RDM), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the victim died at the NRC hospital at Ebute Meta while receiving treatment.
“Efforts have been put in place to restore normalcy at the scene of the incident,” he said.
Ochi also said repairs had begun on the faulty portion of the track and said train services would resume in earnest.
“We will start our operation in two hours time, when the affected train is re-railed and the track is repaired.

“Our operations continue today because everything is under control and the vehicular traffic jam at the scene of event has been cleared,” he said.




Eyewitnesses confirmed to our correspondent at the scene of the incident that some people were injured as a result of the incident and rushed to the hospital.

Ibrahim Ali, an indigene of Borno State, who sells ram in the nearby ram market, told that some passengers’ sustained injury, adding that no one died on the spot.

“The train was coming from Ijoko axis. There were people inside and on top of the train. When the coaches derailed people fell, but no one died. I only saw one person who had an injury on his leg. He left the scene on his own,” he said.

Another witness, who gave his name as Daniel Abu, told our correspondent that he saw two ambulances arrive to convey some victims.

“My friends and I wanted to board the first train, but we were late. So, my other friends, who had earlier went with the train, told us what happened and even sent us photographs. So, we had to alight from the train. I don’t know if anyone died but two ambulances were used to convey wounded victims,” said Abu.

He also confirmed that the track had structural default, saying; “But I know this portion of the rail track had been shaking.”

Sani Hamzat, a resident in the area attributed the accident to government negligence.

“In Nigeria, we don’t value human lives. This thing cannot happen in other countries,” said Hamzat.

“This portion has been creating traffic for more than a year. We are appealing to the government if it can close here for about two or three days and do repairs here.”

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Nigeria Police Force assisted the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) to evacuate the derailed coaches as at the time of filing this report.


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