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    On Thursday (20 June), two people died in a rail level crossing accident on the outskirts of Kaduna, the capital of Nigeria's North Central State.

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    On Thursday (20 June), two people died in a rail level crossing accident on the outskirts of Kaduna, the capital of Nigeria's North Central State. The vehicles involved were a motor lorry and a goods train. One of the people killed was the driver of the lorry, the other was a railway employee.

    Eight rail wagons, including two fuel tankers, were derailed in the accident. However, the two diesel engines pulling the train were only slightly damaged. The track was ripped up in the derailment and inspectors on the scene said the damage would take several days to repair.

    Fuel from the tankers poured on to the roadway, disrupting traffic. And all flights from the nearby airport were suspended because of the danger of fire and explosions. As well, many passenger and goods train services were cancelled.

    SYNOPSIS: Two people died at a railway level crossing on the outskirts of Kaduna, the capital of Nigeria's North Central State, on Thursday. One of the dead was the driver of a motor lorry, the other was a railway employee.

    Eight carriages of the goods train involved were derailed and a large section of the track was ripped up in the accident. However, the two diesel engines being used to pull the train escaped with only minor damage. Railway inspectors and engineers were soon on the scene to investigate the cause of the derailment, and supervise repair work. They said this would take several days.

    A number of passenger and goods train services were cancelled because of the incident, which occurred at one of the State's most important crossings.

    Fuel from two derailed tankers poured on to the roadway, disrupting traffic. Flights from a nearby airport were also suspended because of the danger of fire and explosions. A less dangerous consignment - containing sacks of flour - also had to be disposed of by police and rail officials.

    It was the second major disruption to Nigeria's rail services in a month, Earlier, industrial disputes caused problems for passengers and people with freight to send by rail.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XS3RAKWIPWL0G76CQ63GOZ9O
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XS3RAKWIPWL0G76CQ63GOZ9O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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