Authorities at the Nigeria Railway Corporation on Friday confirmed the death of a middle-aged woman believed to have been crushed to death by a train.
The Lagos District Manager of the corporation, Mr. Akin Osinowo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the incident occurred on Thursday evening when the woman attempted to jump on a moving train.
The woman was reported to have jumped down from a tricycle conveying her and hurried to catch an Apapa-Ijoko bound train but fell off the train while struggling to get on it.
The incident was confirmed to have occurred at Iganmu area of Lagos.
Osinowo said that the woman may have died as a result of injuries she may have sustained from the fall.
“As I am speaking to you, I cannot say the extent of damage she would have encountered but I can say that the case has been reported to the police at the railway compound, Ebute Metta.
“I also learnt that some people came to claim the corpse yesterday (Thursday) but they were advised to get proof of ownership and I do not know if they are back this morning,” he said.
When NAN visited the police station at the Railway Compound, the officers declined comment on the issue.
Efforts to reach the Commissioner of Police, Railways command, Mr. Jattau Nyats, for comments proved abortive as he was not in the office and did not take calls put to his mobile telephone line