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Train derails at Makupa, plunges into the Indian Ocean

31 July 2016, 21:02 Gabriel Ngallah

Mombasa - A cargo train that was transporting wheat from the port of Mombasa to Uganda plunged into the Indian Ocean early Sunday morning.

The train which was loaded with wheat experienced technical hitches in one of its wagon forcing it to derail at the small valley in Kibarani area along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

The 2 am accident left two containers partly in the Indian Ocean and efforts to remove them continued for the better part of Sunday morning.

Residents of Changamwe and the entire Moroto slum in Tudor looted the wheat amid the vigilant eye of police officers from Makupa station.

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The police officers said there was nothing much they could do since the wheat was already mixed with soil.

No injuries were reported in the accident though rail transport along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway was completely paralyzed on Sunday.

"Our children will eat and sleep well today; God has truly blessed our Sunday," noted one of the Kibarani slum dwellers who collected three buckets of wheat from the scene of accident.

Efforts of restoring transport activities along the Mombasa-Nairobi railway line went on and the railway line was cleared in the afternoon.

By the time of going to the press, efforts to remove the wagon from the Ocean were still ongoing.

- MyNews24

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