TWO people reportedly died on the spot yesterday after a goods train rammed into a haulage truck at a railway level-crossing in Beitbridge.
Report by Richard Muponde
Sources said the driver of the Zambia- bound haulage truck and a female passenger died instantly.
“The driver tried to beat the goods train at the rail level-crossing, but failed to do so, resulting in his truck colliding head-on with the locomotive. The truck was dragged for about 10 metres from the road, resulting in the driver and a female passenger dying on the spot,” said a source.
The empty goods train, believed to belong to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), was heading to South Africa.
Bulawayo-Beitbridge Railways (BBR) trains also frequent the same railway line.
“There were three other passengers who sustained injuries. One of the three men sustained head injuries and is admitted in Beitbridge, but the other, who is in a critical condition, was transferred to United Bulawayo Hospitals,” the source said.
Both police and the NRZ spokesperson could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.