Nine injured in commuter train derailment in Tanzania’s business capital

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — At least nine passengers were injured on Friday morning after two carriages of a commuter train derailed in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania Railways Corporation Police Commander David Mnyambugha said the train derailed as it was plying between the central business district and Pugu on the outskirts of the city.

“The nine injured people were taken to hospital. We are also working hard to remove the damaged wagons to free the railways,” said Mnyambugha.

Mnyambugha said the early morning accident occurred at Karakata area, near the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

The commuter trains, which started services in the commercial capital in October 2012 to ease congestion, are operated by the Tanzania Railways Corporation.

Mnyambugha said the two wagons were damaged badly and they could not continue operating without comprehensive repairs.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately established, he said.

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