Residents of Chikapere in Kubwa, a satellite town in Bwari Area Council of the FCT were on Thursday morning thrown into panic after a passenger train from Kaduna crushed a middle-aged woman on the rail track.
City & Crime gathered that the deceased, Salimat Idowu, was a staff of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB).
The leader of the vigilante in the community, Shamdam Michael, told our reporter that the incident happened at about 9:55am.
He said it occurred a few minutes to the Kubwa Train Station, while the woman who was driving in her private vehicle attempted to cross the rail line as the train was coming at high speed.
“She was trying to cross the only access road into the community to her office, when the train hit her vehicle and dragged her for about 1km before it stopped. It stopped after we pursued it and waved it down,” he added.
Ismaili Yusuf, chairman of the community, said an overhead bridge should be built to prevent such incidents in the future.
“We want an overhead bridge because we have lost people in the past. Train should always sound their horn when they get to communities,” he also said
Mrs Florence Wenegieme, Acting Director, Forecasting, Response and Mitigation, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), after an assessment, commiserated with the family, adding that an overhead bridge would be built.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh, in a statement said investigation had commenced by the Railway division having jurisdiction over the track.
“Findings and safety tips already existing will be reiterated to ensure a non-repeat of the incident shortly,” Adeh added.