Kenya Railways Issues Warning After Train Crashes Rider

  • Wreckage from the accident on January 12, 2021.
    Wreckage from the accident on January 12, 2021.
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  • Kenya Railways has issued a warning to members of the public using unauthorised crossing intersections a day after a boda boda rider was hit by a Nairobi Commuter train approaching the Pipeline Stage.

    In the statement, the railway company asked citizens to follow directional signs and markings that provide guidance on where it is safe to cross the tracks.

    "Only certain sections of the railway are open to the public," reads the statement.

    A passenger train at Thika station, north of Nairobi.
    A passenger train at Thika station, north of Nairobi.
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    In addition, the commuter company warned that trespassing on the tracks or embankment areas surrounding them was dangerous and illegal, and could also result in catastrophic accidents.

    "Taking a short cut across a railway line could end in tragedy, so just don't do it. The train is closer and faster than you think."

    The warning followed an accident that took place on Tuesday, January 12.

    According to an eyewitness who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke, the rider was signaled by the Kenya Railways workers to wait for the train to pass.

    He, however, proceeded to cross only for the bike to get stuck on the track as the train approached.

    "At that time the train was on its way to the station when the rider rejected calls to wait for the train to pass. It hit him and he lost his life at the scene," a resident, Abiola Nyauncho explained.

    Kenya Railways also warned the public against encroaching its land. Those found guilty would be held criminally culpable and hefty fines will be imposed.

    A Train at a station.
    A train at a station.
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