Train crushes truck driver to death in Aba
A truck driver whose identity has yet to be
determined was crushed to death in Aba by a
cargo train late on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that
the accident occurred at about 10 p.m. at the
railway crossing behind Eziukwu Market off
Cemetery Road by Ogbonna Road in the
A source, who pleaded anonymity because he
was not authorised to speak on the issue, told
NAN that the truck got stuck on the rail track
and that the train coming from Port Harcourt
rammed into the truck.
The source said that the driver was outside the
truck trying to remove his vehicle but jumped
into the truck in a bid to remove it from the
He said, however, that the driver was unable to
remove the vehicle before the train rammed on
his truck, killing him instantly.
The source said that the driver made effort to
escape the coming train but was not fast
enough with the train hitting his vehicle and
cutting off his legs.
An eye-witness, Kingsley Okoro, said that the
truck driver came to offload fish at a nearby
cold store in the area when the accident
“He was said to have finished offloading the
fish before his truck got trapped at the middle
of the rail track.
“The driver was said to have made frantic
attempt to move away the truck from the rail
“Luck, unfortunately, ran out on him when the
cargo train coming back from Port Harcourt
“The driver couldn’t escape as the train
rammed into the stationary truck while he was
trying to fix and move his vehicle away from
“The body of the driver which was trapped
under his truck was later taken away in an
ambulance this morning.”
Okoro said that the cold room and its environs
had been deserted as many traders who came
to the area hurriedly left on hearing the news,
to avoid police arrest.
When contacted the Abia State Police
Command spokesman, SP. Geoffrey Ogbonna,
said he knew nothing about the accident.
He said that enquiries on the matter should be
directed to the Railway Police Command.
However, efforts to speak with the railway
authorities in Aba yielded no result as they said
that they were not authorised to speak to the
press on the matter.