Rescue officials at Darajani village in Kenya, say that so far 14 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the worst rail crash in the country's history.
Rescue officials at Darajani village in Kenya, say that so far 14 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the worst rail crash in the country's history. The officials say the death toll could rise as high as twenty.
SYNOPSIS: More than 36 hours after the accident, which happened in the early hours of Monday morning (29 November), rescuers were still fighting their way through a mass of twisted metal, mud and water. It was all that was left of the Mombasa-Nairobi overnight passenger train which crashed 150 miles southeast of Nairobi, when water from a flash flood washed away an embankment. The train had been carrying 648 people to Nairobi when the accident occurred.
The locomotive and five carriages fell on top of each other into the floodwaters. Officials said that although 14 bodies had been recovered, the bottom coach was still partly submerged in water and more bodies were believed to be inside.
The Kenyan Communications Minister. Mr. Omolo Okero, told Parliament on Tuesday (30 November) that the number of injured was still difficult to assess, but eight people were seriously injured and those with lesser injuries did not exceed 200. Earlier reports that the train had been crossing a bridge were incorrect. There was just an embankment with culverts underneath. The train had been carrying 620 passengers and 28 crew.
Rescuers had to dig their way through mud and water and use oxyacetylene cutters to fight their way to the bodies. Mr. Okero told Parliament that the abnormal rains caused floodwaters of such magnitude never before experienced in the area.