Friday, 9 December 2016
Panic As Police Check Point Makes Train, Trailer Collide In Aba [Details]
An early morning accident woke up some residents of Aba today, December 9.
An Umuahia-Port Harcourt bound train with number 2212 on Friday ran into an articulated vehicle.
Fortunately, there were no casualties.
An Umuahia-Port Harcourt bound train with number 2212 ran into an articulated vehicle in the commercial city of Aba on Friday, December 9.
Both the train and the vehicle were damaged, but there were no casualties, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The accident damaged the electrical connections in the train’s engine and left it immovable on one part of the road.
The incident caused traffic gridlock in the city for many hours, leaving many stranded and preventing some others from attending to their businesses.
An eye witness, Mr Cyril Ohaegbu said the accident happened at about 5:45 a.m. Ohaegbu who seels bread by the Railway Flagmen office, said he had resumed for business when the accident happened.
According to him, some policemen were conducting stop and search at a spot very close to the railway track when the accident occurred.
“The driver of the articulated vehicle was being stopped by the police and he didn’t stop but when he reached a point, he became confused because of the intensity of the moving train’s horn.
“Because his vehicle is the long type, he did not know whether to go forward or backward so he stopped there and ran away. That is why the train hit his vehicle,”
Another eye-witness, Mr Okechukwu Ebere reiterated Ohaegbu’s claims saying
“policemen were stopping the driver of the articulated vehicle but he failed to stop.”
He went on to say the accident occurred because the railway level crossings had lost their boom barriers which bar vehicles from crossing when trains are approaching.
He urged the federal government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation to replace the barriers to save lives of residents.
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