Fatal Train Accident Claims Lives in Zimbabwe

February 20, 2024
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Mangled metal ... The NRZ train which derailed near Mutare on February 19, 2024

In a tragic development reported by the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), a catastrophic train accident occurred between Mutare and Machipanda around 21:00 hrs on Monday, 19 February 2024.

Preliminary findings point to a grave mechanical failure, with the locomotive experiencing brake failure. The train, hauling 14 wagons carrying nine export chrome concentrates and five granite blocks, became uncontrollable and was unable to navigate a sharp curve, resulting in its derailment and subsequent plunge into a gorge.

The accident led to the tragic loss of three NRZ crew members who were unable to escape and were tragically trapped. The identities of these crew members are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.

The NRZ has expressed its deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the deceased, recognizing the dedication and service of the lost crew members. The railway family mourns their loss, and thoughts and prayers are extended in this time of mourning.

Thrown off track A runaway train crashed on February 19 2024 killing three crew members | Report Focus News
Thrown off track A runaway train crashed on February 19 2024 killing three crew members

The board, management, and staff of NRZ have communicated their heartfelt condolences and are committed to supporting the families through this harrowing time. They are also actively praying for the strength of the families as they navigate through this period of immense grief.

An exhaustive investigation is still in progress to ascertain the exact cause of the disaster. NRZ has assured the public and the families of the victims that full details will be made public following the conclusion of the investigation.

NRZ, as a pivotal entity in the nation’s transportation infrastructure, is shaken by this event but remains dedicated to understanding the causes and preventing any future occurrences.

The nation joins in mourning the loss of these hardworking individuals who dedicated their lives to moving the nation forward.

NRZ affirms its commitment to safety and assures the public that it will continue to uphold the highest standards to protect its passengers and crew.