A Kaduna – Abuja bound train broke down in Duste, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in the woods.
The train, which left Rigasa Station about 7:00 a.m., reportedly experienced a technical failure shortly after leaving the station.
According to information received from users, it took the engineers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation three hours to remedy the mechanical defects.
The train, which left Rigasa State at around 7:00 a.m., was scheduled to arrive at around 10:15 a.m.
Midat Joseph, an Assistant National Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, said, “The train just got off at about 10.15am at Dutse.”
He claimed that the Abuja-bound train had broken down three times, and that he had left his Kaduna home early enough to board the train, but lamented being stuck in the jungle.
Joseph described the occurrence as “unfortunate” and “traumatizing” as he relived it, praying that he would never have to go through it again.
“I had a horrific experience that I don’t want to repeat,” he stated. The train came to a complete halt at a sub-station. You can image what it was like to be in this position of insecurity.
“I was meant to return to work about 9.00 a.m., but that is not possible right now. I’m stranded in the midst of the woods. I don’t want to go through this again because it made me feel insecure.
“In fact, the train broke down three times. Before taking off about 10.15 a.m., the engineers were able to fix the problem.”
By Olutayo Olusanya