A seven year old boy identified as Wale, met his untimely death on Sunday as he was crushed to death while playing on a rail line at Ayekale area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The tragic incident which threw the entire people of the area into mourning was said to have happened at about 12.30pm.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the victim of the accident was attending church service at a Pentecostal church located close to the rail line that links Osogbo to Ibadan and the northern part of the country enroute Offa in Kwara State when the congregation heard of the sound of the engine of the train.
LEADERSHIP also gathered that a good number of the children of the church trouped out when they heard the sound of the train in order to catch a glimpse of the train, which sources said many of them had not seen before.
A member of the church who spoke with journalists at the scene of the accident yesterday, Mr Abiola Odeyinka, explained that the victim was playing with his younger brothers on the rail line when the train crushed him.
He said:“We were about to close the sunday service when we heard the sound of the train which we believed was coming from Offa in Kwara State. Many of the children who were at the children’s church trouped out to catch a glimpse of it as many of them have never seen one before, it was during this time that Wale who was playing on the rail got crushed by the train.”
Attempts to speak with the Resident Pastor of the church did not yield any good result as he was not available in church when leadership was visited.
However, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) said it was not aware of the accident as it had not been reported at the Osogbo office of the corporation.