Rescue officials at Darajani village in Kenya, say that so far 14 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the worst rail crash in the country's history.
AERIAL VIEWS Train crash with carriages lying down embankment (3 shots)
MC Overturned diesel locomotive PAN TO carriages lying in river bed
GV PAN Wrecked carriages
GV European official making notes standing on overturned carriage
MV INT Rescue workers searching through wrecked carriage (3 shots)
MV Debris between wrecked carriages
MV Doctors and rescue workers clambering over overturned coaches
CU Hand of dead person peking out of wreckage (2 shots)
MV Rescue workers on twisted track PAN TO wrecked coaches
GV Train crash
The embankment culverts were unable to release the water fast enough and a lake up to 25 feet (7.5 metres) built up and swept away the railway's support. The Director-General of East African Railways, Davidson Ngini, paid tribute to the driver of the train, Arthur Ashira, who quickly applied the emergency brakes when he saw the danger after coming round a sharp bend. He said this prevented more carriages falling into the gap.
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Background: Rescue officials at Darajani village in Kenya, say that so far 14 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the worst rail crash in the country's history. The officials say the death toll could rise as high as twenty.
SYNOPSIS: More than 36 hours after the accident, which happened in the early hours of Monday morning (29 November), rescuers were still fighting their way through a mass of twisted metal, mud and water. It was all that was left of the Mombasa-Nairobi overnight passenger train which crashed 150 miles southeast of Nairobi, when water from a flash flood washed away an embankment. The train had been carrying 648 people to Nairobi when the accident occurred.
The locomotive and five carriages fell on top of each other into the floodwaters. Officials said that although 14 bodies had been recovered, the bottom coach was still partly submerged in water and more bodies were believed to be inside.
The Kenyan Communications Minister. Mr. Omolo Okero, told Parliament on Tuesday (30 November) that the number of injured was still difficult to assess, but eight people were seriously injured and those with lesser injuries did not exceed 200. Earlier reports that the train had been crossing a bridge were incorrect. There was just an embankment with culverts underneath. The train had been carrying 620 passengers and 28 crew.
Rescuers had to dig their way through mud and water and use oxyacetylene cutters to fight their way to the bodies. Mr. Okero told Parliament that the abnormal rains caused floodwaters of such magnitude never before experienced in the area.