Six killed as truck rams into train

Six people died on the spot when this Isuzu KB truck they were travelling in was hit by a train after the driver failed to stop at a railway crossing in Mt Hampden yesterday.  - Picture by Tariro Kamangira

Six people died on the spot when this Isuzu KB truck they were travelling in was hit by a train after the driver failed to stop at a railway crossing in Mt Hampden yesterday. – Picture by Tariro Kamangira

Fungai Lupande Herald Reporter
SIX people died on the spot yesterday morning after an Isuzu pick-up truck they were travelling in crashed into a goods train while overtaking at a railway crossing in Mt Hampden along Chinhoyi Road on the outskirts of Harare.

National police spokesman Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident.

He said the driver of the Isuzu truck overtook a haulage truck that was giving way to the goods train when the accident occurred.

“The truck was travelling towards Chinhoyi and on approaching the railway crossing in Mt Hampden, the haulage truck had stopped to give way to the train,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.

“The driver of the Isuzu truck overtook the haulage truck and collided with the goods train. All six people in the truck died on the spot.”

Chief Supt Nyathi urged drivers to exercise caution on approaching railway crossings.

“It is unfortunate that the accident was caused by human error. Our message as the police is clear and it is that railway crossings are not a place for speed,” she said.

“All drivers should exercise caution and should not speed at railway crossings. Motorists should also keep their windows open to allow them to hear the trains’ siren. If a motorist approaches a railway crossing while others have stopped to give way to trains they should follow suit. There is no need to be in a hurry.”

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  • Chihelele

    No excuse for this. You will never win an argument with a train. 6 lives lost now because of a driver not following road rules

  • Jonah15

    I am not sure if a driver can see the railway crossing signs if a haulage truck is in front of them, especially if the driver is not familiar with that particular area. Very sad regardless.

  • Ngwena

    The driver should have survived so that we could kill him

  • James

    I have read the discussion here, what many are forgetting is that in this particular area there are double white lines on the road meaning overtaking is prohibbited. There are far too many drivers in Zim whi blatently ignore all warnings and have total disregard for the road rules and safe driving practice. My condolences to the families that lost loved ones in this accident.

  • Mela

    are ther clear signs at these crossings? are there lights at these stops? some things are not clear at crucial points like these. maybe the driver didn’t realise there was a railway line because of poor signs and no controlling traffic lights