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Tanzania train crash 'kills 15'


At least 15 people have died after a passenger train ploughed into a stationary cargo train in Tanzania.

Bodies of other victims may be trapped in the wreckage in the Dodoma region of central Tanzania, officials say.

William Lukuvi, Dodoma's regional commissioner, said he feared the number of dead would rise.

He said cranes had been ordered to move the wreckage of the trains after the crash, which occurred around midday local time on Sunday.

"We are investigating the cause of the accident, which has already claimed at least 15 lives," Mr Lukuvi told the Associated Press news agency.

"Cranes have been ordered to help separate the crumpled wreckage and retrieve bodies."

Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation said the accident happened in Pandambili, in Dodoma's Mpwapwa District.

In 2002, more than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded when a freight train collided with a passenger train outside Dodoma, the worst rail accident in the country's history.

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