Five die in Zimbabwe train crash

BULAWAYO - Five people died on the spot on Sunday when a Bulawayo-bound National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) train collided head-on with a Spoornet train near Dete, along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls railway line.
More than 30 others were injured in the accident and were taken to Hwang

e District hospital for treatment. About 20 of them were treated and discharged while the rest were admitted, according to hospital officials.
NRZ spokesperson, Fanuel Masikati confirmed the accident but told ZimOnline its cause was yet to be ascertained. “I can confirm the accident and that five people died. But we are yet to establish what really happened,” said Masikati.
However, one engineer with the NRZ who did not want to be named told ZimOnline the accident occurred as a result of poor communication between the two trains.
A shortage of foreign currency to revamp an aged communication network has forced the NRZ to resort to ancient methods to control train movement on its equally aged rail network, a situation that has resulted in several serious accidents.
For example, Sunday’s train collision is the second such accident on the same line in less than three months. The worst accident occurred in 2001 when 50 people perished after two trains crashed into each other again because of poor communication.
NRZ officials said goods worth billions of dollars were destroyed when parts of the collided trains caught fire.
– ZimOnline

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