By G9ija

A mass transit shuttle train yesterday derailed at Ashade railway crossing in Agege, Lagos, with hundreds of passengers trapped for hours.

Some of the passengers were injured in the accident, which happend around 7.15am.

Security operatives, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported, cordoned off the area, and facilitated the evacuation of the injured to hospitals.

Acting Lagos District Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Mr. Augustine Arisa said nobody died.

He said: “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.’’

He said an injured passenger was recuperating at the NRC Hospital in Ebute Meta.

The derailment caused traffic jam on Capitol Road, Agege, which extended to Mosalasi Alhaja towards Mangoro.

Last November 16, a passenger train derailed around abattoir in Agege and on June 20, a commercial bus rammed into a moving train along the Agege corridor.

 

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