Six injured, others missing as cargo train derails in Kenya
Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 00:57
Dec. 22 - Uganda bound cargo train derails in one of Africa's poorest neighborhoods, injuring at least six people. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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A cargo train bound for Uganda derailed Sunday in one of Kenya's poorest neighborhoods injuring at least six people -- with more feared hurt.
The train had two engines and was pulling 22 wagons loaded with wheat to be delivered in Uganda.
Police say the conditions on the rail line were slippery and the train gave way, crashing onto structures alongside it.
Authorities fear more people may have been hurt in the accident.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KENYA POLICE OFFICER, ADONIJIA DIANGA, SAYING:
"So far we have removed about six victims, who are still breathing, but so far they are in a stable condition. We still do not know whether there are others who could have been trapped inside, so we are waiting for the crane to come and lift these wagons and the engine to see if there is anybody lying underground."
Landlocked Uganda uses Kenyan ports for delivery of goods and trains are considered to be a safer way of moving cargo to Uganda than roads.
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