Zambia Railways regrets fatal truck, train accident

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Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) says it regrets the death of
one person following a fatal accident involving a goods train
and a light truck that occurred at the Kapiri Mposhi Rail
crossing in the early hours of this morning.

ZRL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christopher Musonda said
the hearts of the railway firm are with the family of the
unidentified truck driver who perished in the accident.

Addressing a press briefing in Kabwe today, Mr Musonda said
the accident happened at around 02: 00 hours when a Scania
Light Truck registration number AIB 1608 that was carrying
assorted merchandise rammed into a Zambia Railways Goods
Train number 0422 carrying 26 wagons of Sulphur destined for
Ndola.

The CEO said the truck driver died on the spot while two
other passengers suffered severe injuries.

He said the light truck was extensively damaged while the
Zambia Railways locomotive and four wagons where affected.

Meanwhile, Mr Musonda has assured business clients that their
goods will be secured during this period and that everything
is being done to ensure that normal operations resume in the
shortest possible time.

And ZRL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christopher Musonda
said there is need for drastic measures to prevent further
loss of life and property through road carnage.

He observed that accidents involving trucks hitting into
trains are worrisome and require concerted efforts of the
stakeholders including the Road Transport and safety Agency
(RTSA) and the Trucker’s Association of Zambia to avoid more
loss of lives and property.

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