A middle-aged nursing mother and a commercial motorcyclist were reportedly crushed to death by a moving train plying the Ilorin-Offa route Sunday morning, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that the incident occurred around 10.00 a.m, at one of the level crossings around Olunlade area of Ilorin.
The woman, simply identified as Mama Kafila, being carried by the motorcyclist, was said to be a salon operator and was actually on her way to buy iced blocks for sale, when she met her death.
Eyewitnesses’ accounts revealed that the motorcyclist had refused to stop for the moving train, which was on its way to Offa and the woman was helpless when the incident happened.
According to the sources, a second motorcyclist, who was carrying a partner of the late Mama Kafila, had stopped for the train, while the victim decided to make a dash across the rail.
Another version of the report said that the motorcyclist had an earpiece on, thus, could not hear the blarring horn from the train.
It was also gathered that the train dragged the two victims to a distance of about 100 metres from where it hit them.
Some little pieces of human flesh were seen on the track while some women, who said they were members of the same hairdressing group with the late hairdresser, visited the scene.
The women, who described the deceased as a very likeable woman, said she who would make sure she greeted everyone in their shops each time she was on her way to buy her iced blocks which she used to supplement her trade.
Another motorcyclist said he had picked the deceased only three days before and like most of those who came to the scene, blamed his late colleague for the incident.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was yet to be officially briefed about the incident.