By Esther Onyegbula
It was wailing and cursing yesterday morning at Iju, a suburb of Lagos, when an unidentified young girl, who had gone to buy petrol, was crushed to death by a moving train at Fagba rail-crossing.
Residents, passers-by and hawkers in the area were seen wailing and crying, especially women, who trooped to the scene of the accident, where the remains of the young girl littered the rail track.
According to an eyewitness, the young girl was clutching a gallon of fuel, which she had gone to buy from a nearby filling station before the incident occurred.
It was gathered that she was rushing to cross the rail track while others were waiting patiently for the train to pass. “As she attempted to dash across the rail, a middle aged man tried to stop her from crossing by holding her hand, but she brushed off his hands.”
The source added that immediately she dashed across the track, the oncoming train tore her body into two.
As onlookers rushed to the scene, a man, who claimed to be her father turned up at the scene weeping loudly, mourning the death of his daughter and cursing himself.
The man, who refused to disclose his name, wept uncontrollably that he sent her to buy fuel for their generator after her mother and siblings left the house, unknown to him that he was sending her to her grave.
According to the father, who was still in shock from the incidence, “so this is how my daughter met her untimely death all because she went to buy fuel for me? She cannot just die in this manner.”
Later the corpse of the young girl was moved to an unknown destination.