Tragedy As Train Crushes Five Passengers Inside ‘Keke Marwa’

Eye witnesses are still in shock over the tragic accident yesterday involving an Ogun State-bound passenger train and a tricycle, popularly known as Keke Marwa.

About five people reportedly lost their lives in the incident, although other accounts said the dead were four, but the accident left mourning and weeping on its trail.

A source told The Eagle that the train was heading to Itoki in Ogun State, having left the station at Oke Aro when the tragedy occurred.

Whereas motorists and pedestrians alike stopped to give it the right of way when it approached, the tricycle rider allegedly tried to make a last-minute dash across the tracks but could make it.

It was crushed with four passengers.

It was a gory sight after the incident, with mangled human parts littered across the tracks.

Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Kehinde Adebayo, who later spoke to the Guardian on the accident said they received a distress call via the emergency toll free number 112/767 regarding an accident at the Iju area, Shina Peters Road, Iju Ishaga at 6:52a.m.

“We swung into action immediately and mobilised other stakeholders to the scene of the incident accordingly. Our preliminary investigations revealed that a tricycle with five people on board had a head-on collision with a moving train at the aforementioned address.

Eye witnesses are still in shock over the tragic accident yesterday involving an Ogun State-bound passenger train and a tricycle, popularly known as Keke Marwa.

About five people reportedly lost their lives in the incident, although other accounts said the dead were four, but the accident left mourning and weeping on its trail.

A source told The Eagle that the train was heading to Itoki in Ogun State, having left the station at Oke Aro when the tragedy occurred.

Whereas motorists and pedestrians alike stopped to give it the right of way when it approached, the tricycle rider allegedly tried to make a last-minute dash across the tracks but could make it.

It was crushed with four passengers.

It was a gory sight after the incident, with mangled human parts littered across the tracks.

Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Kehinde Adebayo, who later spoke to the Guardian on the accident said they received a distress call via the emergency toll free number 112/767 regarding an accident at the Iju area, Shina Peters Road, Iju Ishaga at 6:52a.m.

“We swung into action immediately and mobilised other stakeholders to the scene of the incident accordingly. Our preliminary investigations revealed that a tricycle with five people on board had a head-on collision with a moving train at the aforementioned address.

Further information gathered at the scene revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the part of the tricycle driver trying to cross the rail crossing.

Unfortunately four persons (three adult males and one adult female) lost their lives while the last passenger, an adult male escaped with some minor injuries.”

 “It happened in the early hours of the day as workers and traders were rushing to board vehicles to their various offices and destinations.

The tricycle and others were trying to cross the tracks but got trapped in rush-hour traffic along the Iju rail line as a moving train was fast approaching.

 The train smashed the rear side of the tricycle”.

He said the accident also caused the train to skid off the track.

“ It was a ghastly accident, which should have been avoided if the tricyclist was careful. The train was on its track, but the huge traffic made the tricyclist to get trapped.”

The Lagos District Superintendent, Christian Madza, who confirmed the incident, noted that the tricycle was trying to outsmart the moving train when it was crushed at the level crossing.

“That is what we have been repeating every time, don’t play too smart on rail line because the train has its right of way. The tricyclist was just trying to outsmart the train after the railway official has flagged them to stop for the oncoming train; it is so pathetic.”

“We swung into action immediately and mobilised other stakeholders to the scene of the incident accordingly. Our preliminary investigations revealed that a tricycle with five people on board had a head-on collision with a moving train at the aforementioned address.

Further information gathered at the scene revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the part of the tricycle driver trying to cross the rail crossing.

Unfortunately four persons (three adult males and one adult female) lost their lives while the last passenger, an adult male escaped with some minor injuries.”

 “It happened in the early hours of the day as workers and traders were rushing to board vehicles to their various offices and destinations.

The tricycle and others were trying to cross the tracks but got trapped in rush-hour traffic along the Iju rail line as a moving train was fast approaching.

 The train smashed the rear side of the tricycle”.

He said the accident also caused the train to skid off the track.

“ It was a ghastly accident, which should have been avoided if the tricyclist was careful. The train was on its track, but the huge traffic made the tricyclist to get trapped.”

The Lagos District Superintendent, Christian Madza, who confirmed the incident, noted that the tricycle was trying to outsmart the moving train when it was crushed at the level crossing.

“That is what we have been repeating every time, don’t play too smart on rail line because the train has its right of way. The tricyclist was just trying to outsmart the train after the railway official has flagged them to stop for the oncoming train; it is so pathetic.”

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