Persons aboard a train on Abuja-Kaduna route on Saturday escaped misfortune.
The train rammed into moving herds of cattle on the rail track killing four on the spot and leaving several others injured.
The incident happened in Jere area of Kaduna State, according to a worker with the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC who confirmed it on the condition of anonymity.
Sources said the onrushing train hit the cattle that strayed into the rail track leaving four dead and multiple in bad state.
Report said panic gripped passengers while the herder said to be a young boy took to his heels for fear of arrest.
“Immediately, the incident happened, the herder boy took to his heels for fear of arrest. He knew he had committed offence that could have led to the death of hundreds of passengers, that was why he ran away leaving the dead cattle.
“We were even calling him to come and attend to the injured ones but he refused. He thought he was being cajoled to return so he could be arrested. I know the NRC authorities will query the driver for what had happened. Also, they have a way of reaching out to the herdsman for possible compensation and caution,” the NRC worker who confirmed the incident said.