Locals reportedly attempt to loot derailed train carrying sugar, other goods in Ndola


Zambia Police Service and Zambia Railways officers are on the group keeping vigil on the goods train that derailed near Kafubu river bridge rail crossing in Ndola.

It was reportedly that some locals attempted to loot derailed trail carrying sugar, other goods in Ndola.

Police Public Relations officer, Rae Hamoonga, said in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday that: “Zambia Police and Zambia Railways officers are on the ground keeping vigil on the goods after local people had started to loot the sugar. The rail line is completely ripped off at the point where the derailment happened.”

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Hamoonga said a train derailed near Kafubu river bridge rail crossing in Ndola, leaving three people injured.

In addition, about 20 wagons carrying goods capsized, six of which were carrying sugar meant for Zambia Sugar, while 12 were carrying coal.

He said the train was driven by Simon Nkhoma who sustained general body pains and was currently under observation at Ndeke Mini Hospital in Ndola.

Hamoonga further said that the two other people who were on the other train, Lyindunda Kenneth, the impala locomotive train driver and Chimuka Nalube also sustained some injuries.

The two also have been rushed to Ndola Teaching Hospital.

He added that a reporter identified as Edwin Choonga, aged 52, informed the police about the incident after receiving a tip from an unidentified source in Zambia Railways station Master for Bwana Mkubwa vai phone call.

Bwana Mkubwa station informed Choonga that the suspected cause of the derailment was brake failure.

He explained that the derailment happened after one wagon came off the rail line hence causing other wagons to derail.

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