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One dead, 30 critically injured in train accident


One person has died and 30 others sustained injuries after a commuter train was involved in an accident at KMQ, Kajiado.

In the 9am Tuesday accident, the Magadi-Kajiado commuter train rolled backwards along a steep stretch leaving its occupants nursing injuries with one reported dead on the spot.

The train was headed towards Kajiado town from Magadi.

According to eye witness, they heard aloud bhang before passengers bursts into screams asking for help.

They have blamed the accident to rampant vandalism of the railway line and poor visibility occassioned by heavy rains which pounded the area.

Residents say the railway line has in the recent past been prone to vandalism by rogue scrap metal dealers who play cat and mouse games with check units officers who manage the railway line.

The commuter train which is the only available public means of transport charges Ksh70 for a distance of approximately 135kms.

The train is managed by Tata Chemicals Magadi who operate a cargo train that transports trona from Magadi to its depot in Kajiado town before the same is transported to Mombasa for export.

The injured were treated at the Mile 46 dispensary before being transferred to Kajiado Referral Hospital for specialized treatment.

The body of the deceased who has since been positively identified is being preserved at the hospital morgue