Train kills middle age woman in Lagos

Newsmen gathered that an unidentified middle age woman was killed by an Ido bound train Thursday afternoon.
The accident occurred at Cappa bus stop rail line around 12:30pm. Scores of sympathizers gathered around the victim and watched as the woman gradually gave up the ghost.

According to eye witnesses who spoke to newsmen, the woman seemed to have been lost in thought as she stood on the railway track while the train approached.

One of those who hanged on the train was said to have stoned her, shouting to get her off the railtrack.

An eyewitness identified as Iyabo spoke about the moment of collision.

“I was here (side of the track) and the woman crossed onto the rail track. She just stood there lost in thought and somebody from the train stoned her, we all shouted at her to get out but she did not until she was hit.”

But another witness said the train did not horn until it got very close to the victim thereby ensuring the accident was inevitable.

But Iyabo’s account has also opened another dimension to the accident with some claiming the victim was on a suicide mission.

“There is no way a train will come on the tracks and you will not know by the vibrations on the rail. They stoned and shouted at her but she refused to leave, what do you call that if not suicide?” a man said.

Meanwhile emergency and rescue services operators have been blamed for failure to respond to calls when the accident happened.

When The Nation arrived at the scene about 20 minutes after the accident, the body of the victim still lay on the track with blood oozing out of the nose. This action prompted the believe that the victim might still be alive and prompt medicare could save her life.

” We have called Lagos emergency number several times and they promised to come yet refused to show up, nobody was ready to help,” a Lagos State Traffic Management Agency ( LASTMA) official said.

Another LASTMA official accused the traffic police of neglecting the victim immediately the accident occured.

“Immediately it happened, I told the policemen to let us move the woman, but they refused, maybe we would have saved her life,” he said.


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