Train Crushes Policeman, Motorcyclist To Death In Lagos
A police officer was on Wednesday morning crushed to death alongside a commercial motorcyclist by a train in Lagos state.
The police Inspector, Philip Kolo, said to be attached to the defunct Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad (STS) and his motorcyclist friend were said to have died on the spot while crossing the rail line at Public Works Department (PWD) bus-stop along Agege motor road.
It was gathered that the deceased officer was in Lagos for investigation activities and was heading to the state police command from Agege for a meeting with parties to a case.
It was learnt that the wreckage of the motorcycle was seen at Shogunle, where the train dropped it.
In his narration, an eyewitness revealed that the motorcycle wheel was close to the train’s magnet and dragged the victims towards the train, adding that they were shredded.
Another witness said the train hooted from a distance and people around warned the motorcyclist to wait at a distance for it to pass before crossing, which he objected. The bag he came with from Abuja was seen at the command.
Confirming the tragedy, the Command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) said that the Police Railway Command had commenced investigation.
In his corroboration on the incident, Mr. Jerry Oche, the Lagos District Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation, said the incident, which happened in the morning, involved an Ijoko-Apapa train at the level crossing where the motorcyclist refused to stop for the moving train.
“We have warned passersby, motorists and other road users to stay away from railway tracks. Railway track is a very dangerous place to toy with; everything involved is iron both the rail tracks and the train itself.
“I learnt that he was trying to outsmart the train before he was crushed by the moving train. It’s an unfortunate incident. We are appealing to people to learn from such incident and exercise patience at the railway level crossings across the state,” he said.
The district manager also said that the bodies of the victims had been deposited at the mortuary, while the police were working towards contacting the families.