By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The family of a Lagos based commercial car driver would have been thrown into a mourning mood Wednesday, safe for divine intervention during a crash between his car and a locomotive train.
The driver, whose name could not be ascertained as at the time of the report, reportedly jumped off the vehicle miraculously before the train hit the car, leaving it slightly bruised.
As learnt, the incident occurred at the Gaskiya College Road junction axis of Ebute- metta – Apapa railway line track, few metres away from the Lagos office of New Nigerian Newspaper, at about 4.00pm.
The car was among the several vehicles held in traffic from the Gaskiya College Road onward Apapa Port road as at time of the incident.
Accordng to eyewitness account, the car painted in blue colour, was held on the railway crossing in between two vehicles when the locomotive engine got to the spot.
Our correspondent gathered that the train, which hooked seven trays carrying some empty containers,was heading towards Apapa from Iganmu station when the incident occurred.
” It was by miracle that the driver jumped out of the car and ran for his dear life, if not he would have been crushed.
The train was coming from Iganmu side going to Apapa and the driver didn’t blow the horn. Although there was hold up and the car was standing on the railway line in between two vehicles. So there is no way the driver could move forward or backwards when the train appeared suddenly.
All we just saw is that the driver of car just jumped out as the train dragged the car for almost one metre before it pulled it off the track. The driver has refused to show up before of arrest by the Railway Police”, the witness said.
Our correspondent who arrived the scene few minutes after the occurrence met sympathisers and two policemen attached to Railway Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
They however declined comment on the incident while taken inventory of the accident.