Smith; The railway tracks
| credits: Samson Folarin
Tragedy struck on Wednesday [April 8] in the Cappa, Oshodi, Lagos State after a train crushed to death a 32-year-old man, identified as Smith. Smith was said to be hurrying to his workplace around 7am and was crossing the railway tracks when he was hit.
The deceased, a devout Muslim, who was fondly called Alfa, could have been saved if help had come his way on time. A mechanic in the area, Biodun Adebanjo, said Smith had only recently had a baby with his wife. He said, “It was around 7am when he alighted from the bus he had boarded to Cappa. His workplace is just a few kilometres away.
“Immediately he alighted, he started racing towards the railway tracks, apparently he was in a hurry and was oblivious of the hooting of the train. “As he approached the tracks, an area boy wanted to grab him and stop him from crossing, but he thought he wanted to rob him and forcefully pulled himself away. “By the time he realised the danger he was in, it was too late. He tried to turn back, but the train hit his right leg and slammed against his body.”
Another witness told PUNCH immediately the incident occurred, symphatisers rushed to the scene and dragged him to the side of the railway tracks. He said the victim was still breathing, but in dire need of medical help. He added that efforts to get emergency workers to come to the scene were abortive as they reportedly did not show up until 10am, about three hours after the incident.
A visit to Esther Oshiyemi Street where Smith worked in a construction firm as an architect show the office was locked. Some people around said that the management of the company took the decision to mourn him.
A resident, Bisiriyu Oladimeji, described late Smith as a religious man, who was noted for his gentleness.