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DEATH TOLL IN TRAIN CRASH RISES TO 200

Maputo, 25 May (AIM) - The death toll in Saturday morning's train crash on the Maputo-South Africa line has risen to 200, according to hospital sources contacted by AIM.

The crash took place at Tenga, in Moamba district, some 40 kilmetres north west of Maputo. Hundreds of injured people were taken back to Maputo in another train, and ambulances ferried them to Maputo Central Hospital.

According to the hospital, around 400 injured people have arrived there. At least two of the injured have died in hospital. Transport Minister Tomas Salomao travelled to Tenga, and told Radio Mozambique that there are still bodies trapped in the wreckage: thus the death toll could rise further.

He said that the first indications are that the crash was caused by "human error".

Antonio Libombo, an official from the port and railway company, CFM, said there had been a collision between a goods train and a passenger train.

But one passenger, Maria Nuvunga, interviewed by AIM, said the locomotive of the passenger train had become decoupled from the carriages, which then rolled back down the line, and smashed
into a stationary train at Tenga station.

Nuvunga said the tragedy occurred before dawn, at about 05.00.



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