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The BBC's Cathy Jenkins
"The accident happened during a heavy rain storm"
 real 28k

Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
More deaths feared in Kenyan crash

Up to 20 people are feared to have died in Tuesday's train crash in western Kenya

The train was travelling from Butere to Kisumu in heavy rain when it derailed near Lela, some 400 km north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

The privately-owned Kenyan Television Network on Wednesday night reported 20 deaths.

Police have acknowleged only 13 fatalities, including three children.

Passengers were still trapped in the wreckage when the rescue effort had to be suspended owing to heavy rain, the East African Standard reported on Thursday.

One survivor who spoke to the East African Standard on Wednesday said he had lost sight of his wife as the train crashed, and still did not know whether she was alive.

Speeding?

The newspaper quoted railway officials who suggested that the train had been overloaded with passengers, and travelling above the permitted speed limit.

About 400 people are believed to have been on the train.

The railway line between Butere and Kisumu has been closed indefinitely as a result of the accident.

Local police chief David Korir said 36 people had been injured and 19 admitted to hospital, three of them in a serious condition.

The three were later reported to be out of danger.

He said all the dead and injured were Kenyans.

Dangerous corner

The accident occurred on a bend on a steep slope - reportedly very close to the scene of an accident in 1971, when a steam engine was derailed.

Thirty-two people died in a train crash in March last year between Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa.

In 1993 about 140 people died when a Mombasa-bound passenger train carrying 600 people plunged into a river.

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25 Mar 99 | Africa
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