A train used to ferry petrol caught fire while in motion causing panic among residents of two villages along the railway at Kiharu in Murang’a county.
Firefighters from the Murang’a government were in time to put out the fire.
Kenya Railways has since confirmed the fire on the empty cargo train, was triggered by an electric fault.
The fire was caused by a slight electric fault in the locomotive engine and has since been contained. Our engineers arrived at the area promptly and rectified the problem and service is expected to resume once a full inspection is completed.
— Kenya Railways (@KenyaRailways_) June 6, 2021
When recounting the events the residents narrated how the train started getting hitches and making a lot of noise like that of scratching gears and after a while smoke was seen coming from its engine causing fears among the residents.
The train was removed from service as a safety precaution and to prevent from further damage.
Kenya Railways confirmed that another engine was dispatched from Nairobi in a recovery effort and to ensure the wagons are safely transported to Nairobi Central Workshops.
In January a Nairobi bound train with more than 1500 passengers on board stalled in Ruthagati, Nyeri county after it developed a mechanical problem.