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Passengers Stranded as Kaduna-Abuja  Train Reportedly Derails

Three carriages of the Kaduna-Abuja train service went off the tracks but no casualty was recorded.

Many passengers on Kaduna- Abuja train were said to have been stranded on Sunday morning as the train reportedly derailed an hour after taking off from Kaduna.
The train which took off from the Rigassa station in Kaduna was said to have derailed at bout 8am in Jere, Kaduna state.
Security operatives were said to have been immediately deployed to the location to protect apprehensive passengers. 
A staff of the Rigassa railway station who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident, saying  three carriages of the train went off the tracks.
“But there was no casualty. Security agents were drafted to the location to provide security cover for the passengers.
The train was later fixed and the passengers continued with their journey to Abuja.
“As I am talking to you even the train that left Abuja to Kaduna had since reach its destination”, the rail station staff said.
Mansir Hassan, spokesperson of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to telephone calls when contacted.
Train transportation has become very popular among Nigerians following the deadly activities of bandits on high the ways, especially along the Abuja- Kaduna highway.
Although the highway has become  relatively safe in recent times, however many people preferred to travel by train because of the terrible condition of the Abuja-Kaduna highway which had been under rehabilitation by the federal government for years.

John Shiklam in Kaduna

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