A train travelling to Kano from Lagos skidded off tracks in the early hours of Saturday. The incident occurred around Dagbolu in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The three cargo coaches attached to the end of the passenger train got detached and moved backwards until they got to the interchange at the terminus around Old Garage area in Osogbo where the wheels got off the track.
A resident told Punch that a man brought a vehicle and started offloading the goods but he was arrested and detained by the Nigerian Railway Corporation policemen.
Rasheed said, “We gathered that the train left Lagos for Kano. It got to Osogbo around 1:30 a.m. and continued with the journey shortly after that.
He said, “The three coaches carrying goods got detached from the train and started reversing from Dagbolu area until they came back to Old Garage. The reverse would have continued but the coaches derailed when they got to the interchange and fell down.
“There was no loss of life or damage to vehicles while the coaches were moving backward because the accident happened at night. It may have recorded some casualties, especially at level crossings if the accident had happened in the day time. But we thank God.”
Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr Babawale Afolabi, said officers were deployed at the scene to prevent the goods from being looted.
He said there was no loss of life in the accident.