24 January 2014

Mozambique: Goods Trains Collide in Nampula

Maputo — One person was killed and three others injured in a collision between two goods trains on Thursday afternoon on Mozambique's northern rail corridor that runs from the port of Nacala to Malawi.

According to a report in Friday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the accident occurred at Iapala station, in Ribaue district. The injured men are all members of the crew of one of the locomotives.

One of them lost both his legs in the violent collision. All are in a critical condition. They were initially treated in the Ribaue district hospital, and then transferred to Nampula Central Hospital

The dead and injured men were driving a train which had set off from Cuamba, in the neighbouring province of Niassa, and was heading for Nampula city. As the train approached Iapala, the brake system failed. The train could only gather speed, since it was going downhill.

The head of the Iapala administrative post, Somar Jose, citing a surviving member of the crew, said the crew had done all in their power to halt the runaway train, but without success.

The train from Cuamba slammed into the back of the goods train, loaded with iron ore, that was about to set off from Iapala for the port of Nacala.

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