The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Cargo Train Derails in Kibera Slums, Injures Six

A cargo train that derailed in kibera slum yesterday injuring at least six people.The train crashed into makeshift homes trapping scores people.Photo/Patrick Vidija

Six people are nursing serious injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital after a train derailed at Kibera Line Saba yesterday.

The cargo train, which was headed to Uganda, is said to have slipped from the wet rails.

Transport Secretary Michael Kamau, who visited the scene, said the six injured were rescued by Kenya Red Cross and St John Ambulance officers who rushed to the scene immediately the accident occurred.

He said a crane that was to be used to put the train back on the rails could not reach the scene of the accident due to many houses near the railway line that do not leave any road leading to the area.

Witnesses said an unknown number of people may have been trapped under the train when it overturned.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko said a solution should be sought on how people living near railway lines can be relocated in a humane way.

Sonko said that unless something is done, such accidents are likely to recur.

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