Thursday, November 8, 2012

Four injured as trains collide in Lagos

Don't you just marvel at the negligence  that almost cost these people their lives? A signal operator was absent! God help us all.
The sceneMany passengers escaped death when two trains collided in Lagos on Wednesday.
Four people were however injured.
It was learnt that the accident was due to the absence of signal operator at the Mushin Station terminus in Lagos.
An eyewitness, who identified herself simply as Bisi, said when one of the trains, which was coming from Ijoko in Ogun State got to the terminus, it stopped for passengers to disembark.
Bisi added that as the Iddo-bound train driver was waiting to be cleared, the train coming from Iddo rammed into it.
It was gathered that the signal operator had gone to defecate and asked his assistant to take over but his assistant forgot, leading to the collision.
A trader near the rail track, Ngozi Nelson, told PUNCH Metro that the accident occurred because the train operators were not properly guided.
She said, “The train from Iddo was coming with high speed unknown to the driver that there was another train on the track.
“By the time the driver got to where the train was stationed waiting for direction, his brakes failed.”
A tailor in the area, who craved anonymity, said the impact of the accident threw the entire neighbourhood into chaos.
PUNCH has the full story


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