By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Atleast one person has been confirmed dead and no fewer than 10 persons escaped death on Thursday when an Iddo bound train derailed from its track at Ashade Market, Ikeja, causing many to scamper for safety.
It was gathered that the train derailed few minutes after leaving Agege station for Iddo at about 8 am, causing traffic gridlock within Agege and Ikeja axis of the state.
The Guild learned that the train captain, after the accident, stopped briefly to assess the extent of the accident but later sped off with the two derailed coaches left at the scene.
An eyewitness, Muhammed Haruna, narrated that immediately the train arrive Ashade market, a loud bang erupted casing panic among the ram traders.
It was gathered that the passengers that sustained injuries were later rushed to Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Metta for treatment.
To address the resultant effect, The Guild learned that a combined team of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA and Nigeria Police were sighted at the scene conducting recovery exercise.
An emergency officer disclosed said: “Further investigation revealed that the train derailed as a result of faulty tracks at the level crossing which has been reported by LASTMA men in the area and was noted for pending engineering works tonight.
“No life was lost but information gathered at the scene from the bystanders has it that the wounded victims were rushed to nearby hospitals for medical first aid.”
Meanwhile the Lagos District of the Corporation moved swiftly and removed the two derailed coaches even as normal train service has since resumed.
Confirming the causality figure, Lagos Railway District Manager (RDM), Jerry Ochi, told newsmen that the victim died at the NRC hospital at Ebute Meta while receiving treatment.
“Efforts have been put in place to restore normalcy at the scene of the incident,” he said.
According to him, the NRC officials have been working to re-rail the train and repair the track.
The RDM said the operation would start immediately the tracks were fixed.
“We will start our operation in two hours time, when the affected train is re-railed and the track is repaired. Our operations continue today because everything is under control and the vehicular traffic jam at the scene of event has been cleared,” he said.