A Lagos bound train from Kano collided with a trailer at the railway crossing in Kawo, Kaduna, and cut the trailer into two, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said in Kaduna yesterday.
The Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Mr. Francis Udoma, told journalists that the incident occurred at 3a.m., adding however, that no life was lost.
Udoma, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) explained that the train, carrying Nigerian soldiers and civilians, crashed into the trailer, belonging to W.A Group of Companies, carrying sugarcane.
He said the accident occurred when the driver of the trailer insisted on crossing the rail line even when the train was blaring.
He said the incident caused traffic jam that lasted for six hours.
Udoma said motorist coming from Kano and other northern states, as well as those coming from the southern and the eastern part of the country were all stranded at the railway crossing.
“We deployed our men, including myself, when we received the call, and arrived there to manage the traffic jam for hours.
“We were there until 9a.m. before we were able to open the road for motorists to pass through,’’ Udoma said.
He blamed the accident on the impatience of the trailer driver, whom he said might be suffering from a hearing problem.
“It could be that the driver had problem hearing, because trains normally will blare their horn, but this driver, even with the horn decided to cross.
“This is abnormal. Nobody with normal hearing sense would take such a risk,” he said.
The FRSC boss advised drivers with hearing defect to get hearing aids to avoid accidents.
In a related development, Udoma said no fewer than 14 people lost their lives and 160 injured in accidents involving 53 vehicles from December 1 to date in the state.
He said the 14 people were killed in 11 fatal and 23 serious accidents involving 332 people.
Udoma, however, said the corps had rolled out several operations which began on December 12 to ensure safety on roads throughout the yuletide.
“These include operation zero tolerance to accidents, special intervention patrol and traffic frequency monitoring.
“The operations are being carried out in collaboration with the police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),” he said.