By Lucy Ogalue, Abuja.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said the Warri-Itakpe Train Service WITS 01 derailed at km 30 Ajaokuta-Itakpe section of the track at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Coordinator of the Warri-Itakpe Train Service, Mr Sanni Abdulganiyu, said in a statement that thankfully, there was no fatality or casualty as a result of the derailment.
Abdulganiyu said that the corporation was immediately alerted, and security personnel were immediately drafted to the accident scene.
“The personnel comprised the Army, Police, NSCDC and the community vigilantes, 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 passengers to their various destinations.
“And the passengers have been successfully conveyed.”
On the cause of the derailment, Abdulganiyu said that it had yet to be ascertained.
He said that as a result of the accident, the service along the corridor had been suspended and further details on the issue would be communicated to members of the public.
He added that train operations would resume as soon as possible.