According to The Nation, a Kano- bound passenger train from Lagos on Monday derailed in Maikunkele, Bosso local government area of Niger state injuring several people.
The derailment took place between Maikunkele and Jangaru at about 1.30 pm. According to eyewitnesses, the first class coaches attached to the engine were not mostly affected while the canteen and the second class coaches fell off the rail.
Five coaches in all were affected. The Nation gathered that the train had been on the way from Lagos in the past three days.
The passengers, according to eyewitnesses, in a struggle for safety tried jumping off the window to safety causing a lot of injuries.
It was gathered that the accident was caused by cattle crossing the railway with the train running into them.
Some of the passengers, who were not injured, as at the time of filing this report, were looking for vehicles to convey them into Minna for them to continue their journey to Kano.
The Nation gathered that an ambulance from the Nigeria Railway Corporation carried injured passengers to the hospital for treatment.
Officials of the Nigeria Railway Corporation in Minna were unwilling to make any comment regarding the incident.
They also were not forthcoming on the number of injuries and exact passengers in the train when our correspondent met them at the scene.