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Two killed as commuter bus collides with train in Dar es Salaam

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed and 38 others injured on Saturday after a commuter bus collided with a locomotive engine in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Gilles Muroto, Temeke regional police commander in Dar es Salaam, identified the victims as the conductor of the commuter bus and a female passenger.

Muroto said four of the injured passengers were in critical condition, adding that the number of killed people could rise.

Muroto said the accident occurred at 9:30am at Buza-Gerezani on the outskirts of the commercial capital after the commuter bus collided with a locomotive engine of a train plying in the city.

Magoiga Mwita, a surgeon at Temeke district hospital where the injured persons were rushed to, said two of them were in serious condition and they were referred to the Muhimbili National Hospital for specialized treatment.

He said of the 38 injured passengers, 13 were men and 25 were women.

Eyewitnesses said reckless driving might have caused the accident.

"The driver of the commuter bus saw an oncoming train but he proceeded thinking that he could have passed through the rail tracks before the train arrived," said Fakiri Kassim, a resident of Temeke.

"But his calculations were wrong and he ended up hitting the locomotive engine," added Kassim.



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