By Chiemelie Ezeobi
No fewer than four persons were Thursday crushed to death as a train derailed at the Abbatoir area, Agege, Lagos which also left several others with varying degrees of injuries.
According to an eyewitness account, the train derailed and would have caused untold destruction but for a nearby trailer which prevented it from doing so.
It was gathered that the four persons that died were passengers hanging on the rooftop of the moving train.
In the chaos that ensued after the crash, it took the efforts of the Railway Police Command and other emergency responders to control the situation as at press time.
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State police spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the train rammed into a trailer, injuring many, adding that the official figure of the dead was three and not six.
He said: “We just got the information. Our policemen and those attached to the railway command are in control of the situation. Three persons died in the incident and some others were injured.”