BY FIDELIS UGBOMEH
Lagos Mass Train Service was on Tuesday temporarily suspended following two derailments first at Ebute-Metta Junction and another at Mushin Railway Station leaving many commuters stranded while others returned to their homes very late in the night.
According to eye witness account the two passenger Coaches numbered 30290 and 99521, attached to the last train in the Morning en-route Iddo from Eabute-Metta Junction derailed at about 9.00a.m and in the process a parked Rail car was partially damaged.
Although no live was lost, it was gathered that the two derailed Coached damaged at least a stretch of rail track covering distance of one Kilometer.
As if that was not enough another Mass Transit Train that left Ijoko Railway Station en-route Iddo derailed at the entry point of Mushin Railway Station at about 5.p.m thereby forcing another Iddo to Ijoko bound mass transit train that departed Iddo by 4:00p.m to stop at Mushin Railway Station loaded with thousands of passengers.
It was gathered that most of the passengers who could afford the exorbitant fares charged by Commercial Vehicle drivers had to choose the road option during a heavy downpour that lasted for about three hours while some waited until the derailed Coaches were re-railed (put back on track) by a moving Crane at about 11.00p.m at night.
According to an official of the Corporation who preferred anonymity, some of the woods used in holding the rail tracks to the ground are already obsolete and need to be replaced within a specific period depending on the traffic.
He noted that most of the wood near the changing point particularly at Ebute-Metta Junction where the first train derailed on Tuesday Morning had already rusted thus the weight of the derailed Coaches simply grinded it to Saw Dust.
Another official who also pleaded for anonymity stated that in the rainy seasons like this there are bound to be accidents because the ground would be wet adding that accidents are bound to happen but its impact could be minimized by introducing proactive measures like regular monitoring of tracks with mobile rail trolleys.
BY FIDELIS UGBOMEH