In the early hours of saturday, May 7, a Lagos-Kano Train derailed at Jebba where at least two dead and many passengers injured. In a report from the station, the train left Lagos at 12:00 noon on Friday with dozens of passengers and consignments. The survivor, who pleaded for anonymity, revealed that the crash happened after the train suffered brake failure at Jebba train station. “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. It was due to brakes failure,”he said. According to the survivor, the tragic accident claimed at least four lives with undetermined number of injured people who are currently undergoing treatment at various emergency facilities in the town.
However, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) who responded to the emergency said two people were confirmed dead after detached coaches from the train fell on them. “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. The train is used more as a cargo train, but it had some travellers inside. “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,” FRSC head of media relations noted.