The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended train service between Warri and Itakpe after a train went off the track at kilometre 30 between Ajaokuta and Itakpe, PostNGR reports.
Sanni Abdulganiyu, the coordinator of the Warri-Itakpe train service, reported that the accident occurred at 12:30 pm on Sunday, January 22nd, with 148 passengers and 30 crew members on board.
No one was injured in the derailment. The NRC promptly alerted security personnel to the scene of the accident.
Sanni Abdulganiyu said;
“The Warri-Itakpe train service WITS 01 derailed at kilometre 30 Ajaokuta-Itakpe section of the track at about 12:30hrs of January 22, 2023,” the statement reads.
“Thankfully, there was no fatality and no casualty. We were immediately alerted and security personnel comprising the army, police, Nigeria security and civil defence corps (NSCDC), and the community vigilante, were immediately drafted to the accident point with the assistance of the local government chairman.
“All the 148 passengers and 30 crew members were evacuated to a safe place and arrangements were made to convey [the] 148 passengers to their various destinations and they have been successfully conveyed.
“The cause of the derailment is not yet determined. Due to this incident, the service along the corridor has been suspended. Further details would be communicated to members of the public.”