UPDATED: One confirmed dead, many injured as train derails in Lagos

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One person has been confirmed dead while several people were feared injured this morning when two train coaches reportedly derailed along Mangoro-Agege axis in Lagos.

The Railway District Manager for Lagos district, Engr. Jerry Oche confirmed the death.

The incident happened at about 7:15 am when a train moving enroute Ebute-Metta via Oshodi from Iju with full capacity passengers derailed from its tracks.

Further investigation revealed that the train derailed as a result of faulty tracks at the level crossing.

It was learnt that the faulty tracks were to be repaired tonight following concern raised by the officials of the state Transport Management Authority (LASTMA).

Eyewitnesses say those wounded have been rushed to nearby hospitals for medical first aid.

The state Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Paramedics, Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Police LASAMBUS, FRSC, RRS, LASTMA and Nigeria Police were on ground to manage the incident.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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