One killed, 85 injured as lorry hits train in Tanzania

2021-07-22 21:56:12 GMT2021-07-23 05:56:12(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

DAR ES SALAAM, July 22 (Xinhua) -- At least one person was killed and 85 others were injured on Thursday morning when a lorry hit a moving train in Tanzania's eastern region of Morogoro.

Fortunatus Muslim, the Morogoro regional police commander, said the accident occurred at around 9 a.m. when the lorry collided with the train heading to the commercial capital Dar es Salaam from the Kigoma region.

"The driver of the lorry who died on the spot ignored traffic signals as he was crossing the rail tracks," Muslim told a news conference, adding that two of the train's passenger wagons were derailed.

Muslim said the injured train passengers were rushed to nearby health centers for first aid treatment before they were referred to major hospitals for specialized treatment.

He added that the train was ferrying a total of 1,370 passengers. Enditem