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Man with earphones on killed by train in Lagos

08 April 2015, 15:20Ewedapo Akintunde

Lagos - An unidentified young man with earphones on was on Wednesday killed by a passenger train in the Cappa area of Oshodi, Lagos.

The man was alleged to have been standing on the rail track oblivious of the fast approaching train.

The Ogun-Lagos-bound mass transit train was leaving its Oshodi station to Mushin when the accident occurred.

The train had as usual, sounded its horn repeatedly as it was approaching the railway crossing at Ilupeju Bye-pass for clearance of its track.  

According to an eyewitness, the man who had his earphones on was apparently carried away with either the call he was receiving or listening to music.

"Obviously the man was not aware of the approaching train even as it blasted its horn, perhaps because of the earphones.

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"Before he knew it, he was already hit by the train and was not given any chance to escape.

"Immediately he was hit, the body was mangled as the train dragged it underneath," the eyewitness said.

People standing by the rail track that saw the incident raised their hands over their heads in a show of pity for the deceased.

"The man has suddenly and unwittingly lost his life to sheer carelessness," a passenger said.

It was not the first time a moving train would crush to death people standing on the rail track because of having their earphones on.  

Among them was a lady in 2006, killed at Shogunle GRA railway crossing, while another one was killed in 2007 at Oshodi.



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