Mozambican train ‘crushes’ two children in Malawi, one in critical condition

A Mozambican train belonging to Vale Logistics on Wednesday hit two children of the same family, leaving one of them with a crushed leg at Liwonde in Machinga.

Police warn people on rail crossing accidents

Confirming the incident to Nyasa Times, Machinga police spokesperson Davie Sulumba further said the children identified as Belita and Oliver Laudon aged 10 and four respectively met their fate at Liwonde
Railway Bridge.

He said the locomotive train which was being operated by Olimpio Ngaila, a Mozambican national was coming from Moatize heading to Nacala.

“According to investigations, the victims were frightened by the heavy sound of the train then fell on the rail line where it partly run over them. So far the first victim Belita had her toe amputated while
Oliver had the whole right leg amputated,” said Sulumba.

Meanwhil,e he said the victims have been referred from Machinga District Hospital to Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre.

The two hails from Kampalira village Traditional Authority Sitola in the district.

In another accident, Sulumba said another locomotive train hit unidentified man to death at Nsanama in the same district.

He said the train was coming from Nayuchi heading towards Nkaya.

He said the police is appealing to communities living along the railway line not to allow their children and other vulnerable groups to play along the railway lines.

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uchapwi
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uchapwi

A railway is not an entertainment unit. The way some kids even adults play along the railway sometimes even along a busy road is quite amazing. These kids bumped into a train and therefore are to blame.

Johni
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Johni

Azimayi busy kutumiza ana kocheza ali “kachezeni ndicheze ndi ankolo anu”. Basi ana kumangokula opanda chisamaliro chamakolo chifukwa cha ma busy kuchita entertain aziankolo

Piper
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Piper

Both driver and government are to blame here. The kids are innocent victims and should be compensated for their injuries. The driver must have been aware people are the vinicity of his train as people live along that railroad. The government should have put measures/barriers to stop people getting close to rails or even penalties for train companies should they hit villagers. But obviously welfare of it’s citizens is not the government’s concern. We are shameful a people who think change will come from somewhere. There is nothing common about common sense in Malawi. Corruption, nepotism, ism, ism. It makes… Read more »

BTN
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BTN

I totally don’t agree with you Piper. You are disoriented. Neither the driver nor the government are at fault. Lets accept the accident and draw lessons from it to prevent further such accidents. Very sad occurrence. Wishing the victims Gods healing power.

Dengu
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Dengu

Unfortunate but why emphasise that it was a Mozambican train. The children were inadequately supervised and the nationality of the train is of no relevance.

Christopher Thipa
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Christopher Thipa

This is really sad, however the rail line authorities sensitised people living nearby the lines to be cautious of whatever they do when nearby these lines. In this case the person has hit the train as it was in its lines. It did not derail

Truth pains
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Truth pains

Sad development. People are to blame because they let children play in the rail lines. Only if parents and the community prohibit playing on the rail lines such accidents would be prevented. We cannot expect governemt to put police officers along the rail lines no. We should be responsible for the lives of our children

Cogito Ergo Sum
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Cogito Ergo Sum

Very sad. We can’t blame the driver in any way. But Times please check your articles before posting. Avoid “The two hails ” Etc.

opportunist
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opportunist

Has this railway brought happiness to our country?

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