Thursday, 24 July 2008

Close shave for 400 passengers as train derails

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Bernard Missoke

More than 400 passengers escaped with no injuries Tuesday night when the train they were travelling on derailed leaving two locomotive heads completely submerged in water.

The train was bound for Dodoma, Kigoma and Mwanza when it derailed at about 7.25 pm at the Ruvu station. But passengers in the third class compartment narrowly escaped death when their coach nearly tumbled after the submerged locomotives.

A statement released yesterday by the Tanzania Railway Limited (TRL) confirmed the accident but indicated that no one was injured in the incident. The statement did not give the cause of the accident but only said engineers had rushed to the scene.

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