A police Inspector, Philip Kolo, and a commercial motorcyclist were yesterday morning crushed to death by a train. Kolo, said to be attached to the defunct Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad (STS) and his motorcyclist friend were killed on the spot while crossing the rail line at Public Works Department (PWD) bus-stop along Agege motor road.
The inspector, it was gathered, was in Lagos for investigation activities and was heading to the state police command from Agege for a meeting with parties to a case. It was learnt that the wreckage of the motorcycle was seen at Shogunle, where the train dropped it.
According to an eyewitness, the motorcycle wheel was close to the train’s magnet and dragged the victims towards the train, adding that they were shredded. Another witness said the train hooted from a distance and people around warned the motorcyclist to wait at a distance for it to pass before crossing, which he objected. The bag he came with from Abuja was seen at the command.
Command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) confirmed the incident, adding that the Police Railway Command had commenced investigation. Oti said the Inspector was currently serving with the IGP Monitoring Unit Striking Team.
Mr. Jerry Oche, the Lagos District Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation, also confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday. Oche said the incident, which happened in the morning, involved an Ijoko-Apapa train at the level crossing where the motorcyclist refused to stop for the moving train.
“We have warned passersby, motorists and other road users to stay away from railway tracks. Railway track is a very dangerous place to toy with; everything involved is iron both the rail tracks and the train itself.
“I learnt that he was trying to outsmart the train before he was crushed by the moving train. It’s an unfortunate incident. We are appealing to people to learn from such incident and exercise patience at the railway level crossings across the state,” he said.The district manager said that the bodies of the victims had been deposited at the mortuary, while the police were working towards contacting the families.