A section of a train returning from Ijoko in Lagos State to its base at Ebutte Metta, Lagos on Wednesday derailed at Agege.
The incident which occurred between 11.30pm and 12.30am was said to have been caused by defective tracks. As of 11am on Wednesday, the scene of the accident had been cordoned off by policemen from the Railway police.
An employee of the Nigerian Railway Corporation spoke with newsmen, on the condition of anonymity, that the driver of the locomotive also shared the blame in the accident.
The source said, “The rails were not aligned properly; there was a gap between them which ought not to be. It so happened that the driver who was driving the locomotive, was moving at a high speed. When he ran into the improperly laid rails, the locomotive was thrown off the rails.
“Although the driver was hurt, the injuries are not life threatening. The accident could have been avoided though if he wasn’t speeding. Both the driver and those responsible for laying the tracks, will be sanctioned.”
We really hope so.