Three die in Jebba rail crash

Tunde Akanbi,Ilorin

Derailed train in Jebba

Two workers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, (NRC), a male guard and a female, simply identified as Janet as well as a passenger, lost their lives at the weekend in Jebba, Kwara state, North Central Nigeria when a cargo train traveling from Ibadan to Kano lost control and crashed.

An eye witness told VON that the incident occurred just a few metres after the main entrance of Jebba Paper Mill, one of Nigeria’s foremost paper mills. VON also learned that there was another crash a few metres to the River Niger Bridge at Jebba but no casualty was recorded .

The remains of the female victim, Janet were taken away by a combined team of medical personnel, police, and Road Safety Corps at about 3.40pm on Sunday. The remains of others, it was gathered, had earlier been retrieved from the crash scene.

A huge crane from the Railway Corporation was deployed to the scene to lift the three coaches that crashed though,the operation was still ongoing as at the time of filing this report late on Sunday night.

Officials of the corporation refused to make recorded comments because they were not authorized to speak with media men.

The second leg of the crash created a huge pile of trailers stranded on the ever busy Ilorin-Jebba road.

The traffic snarl stretched for about 12 kilometers leaving road users stranded.

Meanwhile , the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has commiserated with the families of the deceased and wished the passengers who sustained injuries speedy recovery.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary.Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, the governor described the accident as a painful and unfortunate one describing rail as one of the safest modes of travel .

The governor called on the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the accident with a view to preventing a re-occurrence.