NRZ Concerned With The Increase In Rail/Road Level Crossing Accidents And Suicidal Cases
The National Railways of Zimbabwe regrets to advise that six (6) people were injured when a Nissan Caravan motor vehicle rammed onto a passenger train which was travelling from Chinhoyi to Harare at 0945 hours on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at Banket level crossing. The injured people were ferried to Banket Hospital where they were treated and discharged.
We have observed with concern, the disturbing and increasing incidences of rail/road level crossing accidents, as well as suicidal cases along the railway system countrywide in recent weeks and months. It is saddening to note that the accidents continue to occur at rail/road level crossings and undesignated rail level crossings, despite the fact that all drivers of both light and heavy vehicles are aware of the need to exercise extreme caution, whenever they are approaching rail/road level crossings, throughout the country.
It is worrying and highly disturbing that we continue to lose precious human lives almost every month, in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe and Masvingo, among other cities and towns in the country. The increase in the number of rail level crossing accidents continues to evoke sad and heart rending memories of tragic accidents that happened in the past at level crossings such as Kirkman Road in Harare, where 34 people died in an accident which occurred when a commuter omnibus rammed onto a goods train that was travelling from Harare to Bindura, on 6 March 2007. The sad loss of precious and irreplaceable human lives at rail/road level crossings, should remind all of us in general, motorists and public transport drivers, in particular, of our obligations to the protection of life and limb.
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