Two persons have died as a trailer collided with a train on Monday night in Agege area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The incident occurred around 8:45pm when the driver of the trailer wanted to drive across the rail line in defiance of the deafening horn of the train.
There was a loud ‘bang’ as the trailer with registration number YOBE PKM 180 XA
collided with the train.
Two persons who were hanging on to the train were said to have fallen off and died immediately due to the impact of the collision.
The accident led to serious traffic gridlock in Agege and its environs as motorists spent over four hours navigating through the area.
Motorists who got wind of the accident through the Lagos State Traffic Radio took alternative routes to avert being caught in the gridlock.
It took several hours before the police, officers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and others could remove the train and the trailer from the road to allow other motorists move.
General Manager, LASEMA, Michael Akindele, confirmed this morning that two persons hanging on the train lost their lives when they fell off the train.
He gave the name of the deceased as Saka Nagim and Segun Adebambo, and appealed to Lagosians to value their lives and stopped hanging on trains.
Akindele said the train was coming from Ikeja while the trailer coming from Okekoto towards Pen Cinema wanted to cross the rail line before the train rammed into it.
Eye witnesses said the driver of the trailer absconded when the accident occurred while his aide was arrested and detained by the police.