Train Carrying Soldiers, Civilians Collides With Trailer In Kaduna.
A Lagos bound train from Kano collided with a trailer at
railway crossing in Kawo, Kaduna, and cut the trailer
into two, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said
in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Mr Francis
Udoma, told newsmen that the incident occurred at 3 a.m.,
adding however, that no life was lost.
Udoma explained that the train, carrying Nigerian soldiers
and civilians, crashed into the trailer, belonging to W.A
Group of Companies, carrying sugarcane.
He said the accident occurred when the driver of the
trailer insisted on crossing the rail line even when the train
was blaring. He said the incident caused traffic jam that lasted for six hours.
Udoma said motorist coming from Kano and other
northern states, as well as those coming from the southern
and the eastern part of the country were all stranded at the
“We deployed our men, including myself, when we
received the call, and arrived there to manage the traffic
jam for hours. “We were there until 9 a.m. before we
were able to open the road for motorists to pass through’’,
He blamed the accident on the impatience of the trailer
driver, whom he said might be suffering from hearing
“It could be that the driver had problem hearing, because
train normally will blare, but this driver, even with the
horn decided to cross. “This is abnormal. Nobody with
normal hearing sense would take such a risk’’, he said.
The FRSC boss advised drivers with hearing defect to
get hearing aids to avoid accidents. In a related development, Udoma said that no fewer than 14 people lost
their lives and 160 injured in accidents involving 53 vehicles
from Dec. 1 to date in the state.