Angola : a dramatic train crash ‘kills 17’

Collision between two trains in south-western Angola. Photo: RR

Casablanca (ADV) – At least 17 people have been killed and 12 others injured in a head-on collision between two trains in south-western Angola, the office of the regional governor has said, AFP news agency reports.

A train runs by the state rail firm smashed into a stationary maintenance train that was being operated by Chinese engineers.

An investigation has been launched into Tuesday’s accident, but it appears to have been caused by human error, a statement by the governor’s office said, AFP reports.

“An on-duty railway employee was warned by the Chinese maintenance crew but could not prevent the departure of the train, loaded with granite, from Lubango station”, an unnamed local official was quoted by AFP as saying.

“When he realized his mistake, it was too late to avoid a disaster,” the official added.

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