INTRODUCTION: At least 26,000 people -- mostly peasants and left wing guerrillas -- have been killed and many thousands injured in El Salvador's undeclared civil war which began two years ago.
SOUTH EAST OF SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR (VISNEWS - CARLOS ROSAS)
GV TILT DOWN Stranded train on tracks
GVs Derailed carriages with rescue workers salvaging goods (2 shots)
GVs Rescue crew jacking up derailed carriages (2 shots)
GV Crew at rear of train
SVs Wheels of carriages back on line (2 shots)
GV Sleepers being dragged off line where bomb exploded
GV & SV Goods spilled out of carriages. Goods being loaded on carriages and INTERIOR of carriage with spilt supplies (5 shots)
LV & GV Man repairing rail (2 shots)
GV PULL BACK LV Troops and workers by train
Background: INTRODUCTION: At least 26,000 people -- mostly peasants and left wing guerrillas -- have been killed and many thousands injured in El Salvador's undeclared civil war which began two years ago. One of the latest incidents in the war between left-wing guerrilla groups and the civilian-military Junta which rules the Central American country was the blowing-up of the rail line which links San Salvador with the south east of the country.
SYNOPSIS: This train was derailed only 4.8 kilometres (three miles) east of a military garrison guarding the rail bridge across the Lempa River. The site is about 62 kilometres (39 miles) south east of the capital San Salvador.
The carriages jumped the track in the raid The guerrillas had blown up the only rail line to the eastern part of the country. The train was travelling fast and the engineer was killed in the explosion which happened in daylight. Because the area is remote the attack was not reported until the following day and many of the carriages were looted of their supplies.
Getting the carriages back onto the track proved to be quite a job. The raid came as the guerrillas stepped up their campaign against major economic targets. Last month (October) they destroyed the nearby Punto de Oro bridge across the Lempa.
The bridge attack seriously impeded traffic and communications between San Salvador and the south and east of the country. The destruction of another bridge has also partially isolated the important town of Suchitoto. These raids on road and rail communications have coincide with attacks on Cerron Grande the country's largest hydroelectric power plant. The attacks have taken their toll on El Salvador's economy.
About one billion dollars of potential investment has been driven away and factories has been driven away and factories paralysed leaving 100,000 people in the capital alone unemployed. The Government says another 300,000 peasants have been forced to give up working the land. Extremist groups oppose agrarian reforms introduced by the Junta. Meanwhile, the rail link is finally repaired. How long it will remain intact is another question.
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