A trainload of Nigerian troops crashes in Kaduna

Following backlash of mass [neutralization] of Southern Kaduna residents by herdsmen, the State is back in the spotlight.

A Lagos-bound train from Kano crashed at the railway crossing in Kawo, Kaduna State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps said the train rammed into a trailer carrying sugarcane, dividing it in half.

The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Francis Udoma, said the incident occurred at 3 a.m.

Udoma explained that the train was ferrying Nigerian soldiers and some civilians.

He said the accident occurred when the driver of the trailer insisted on crossing the rail line even when the train was blaring.

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He said the incident caused a traffic jam that lasted for six hours.

“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,’’ Udoma said.

“It could be that the driver has a hearing problem.

“The reason is because trains normally blare their horn. But this driver, even with the horn, decided to cross.

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“This is abnormal. Nobody with normal hearing sense would take such a risk,” he said.

The FRSC boss advised drivers with hearing defects to get hearing aids to avoid accidents.

Udoma also stated that more than 12 persons were [neutralized] and 160 injured in accidents involving 53 cars in December alone.

“These include operation zero tolerance to accidents, special intervention patrol and traffic frequency monitoring.

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“The operations are being carried out in collaboration with the police, Nigerian Security, and Civil Defence Corps.

Other agencies include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),” he said.

Thankfully, no life was lost in the train mishap.