The Lagos-Kano train today left the rails, ran into a 60 ft. wide torrent and?
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Background: The Lagos-Kano train today left the rails, ran into a 60 ft. wide torrent and plunged over an embankment 20 miles north of Ibadan, south-west Nigeria.
It is believed that about fifty people were killed and about one hundred injured, including students on their way to study at the Nigerian College of Arts at Zaria, in northern Nigeria.
The dead and injured were taken to the Adeoyo Hospital at Ibadan, for identification or treatment as the case might be.
The Governor of the Region, Sir John Rankine and the Minister of Health the Hon. Okusaga, were among many people and officials who visited the scene of the crash.
The military, police and police officers, were on hand to assist doctors and nurses in clearing the casualties.
It is believed that the cause of the accident was due to the heavy rains, which flooded the area and washed away the track. Seven coaches were involved out of a total of about fifteen. The crash has caused dislocation of the rail service until such time as the diversion line now under construction, can be completed, and this may not be until about 5th October.