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NRC investigates train collision, begins repair works on damaged rail tracks

By News Express on 10/05/2016

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), on Monday said that it had begun the repair works on the damaged rail tracks at Jebba, which caused an accident on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rail tracks were damaged following the accident which occurred at the entrance to Jebba Railway Station.

The accident involved a Lagos-Kano Intercity Passenger Train.

Four people, including three males and one female, lost their lives when two garbage van, one guard van, one power van capsised and a passenger coach derailed.

A Deputy Director, Public Relations of NRC, Mr Abdulraouf Akinwoye, told NAN that two of the deceased were staff of the corporation, while the remaining two were passengers.

Akinwoye said that three other persons injured in the accident had been discharged from hospital.

He said that the Managing Director of NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, and other stakeholders were at the scene of the accident for an assessment and restoration.

The NRC spokesman said that the services along the rail line would soon be restored, considering the commitment and pace of work by the corporation’s team of engineers.

“Considering the pace of work going on here, there is the likelihood to restore the affected tracks today. The accident is unfortunate. However, all machinery is being put in place to unravel the cause and to avert a repeat in the future.”

He said that the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr Saliu Zakari, also came to the scene to represent the Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

According to him, the corporation regrets the incident and sympathises with the families of the victims.

“Commuters are advised not to be discouraged with the ugly incident as the Nigerian railway is committed to ensuring safety and protection of commuters.” (NAN)

•Photo shows train scene of the train collision that damaged the rail tracks.

Source News Express

Posted 10/05/2016 2:05:45 PM

 

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