Another derailment

The national rail carrier confirmed that nobody was injured in the latest incident involving a train.

28 May 2021 | Accidents

TransNamib confirmed a second train accident this week, this time involving a locomotive and four empty wagons at Kranzberg station today.

The spate of accidents resulted in disruptions and cost TransNamib millions so far.

“The accidents have a very costly effect on TransNamib. Investigations of the Swakopmund accident earlier this year are still ongoing,” commented TransNamib’s corporate communications manager Abigail Raubenheimer.

No persons were injured in the latest incident, which came shortly after a derailment involving seven petrol tankers near Elisenheim in Windhoek on Tuesday.

An accident on 16 March in Swakopmund resulted in the loss of one life.

Raubenheimer said that the Kranzberg line is expected to be restored by tomorrow.

Further details on today’s derailment will be shared at a media briefing in Windhoek later today.

Recent upgrades

As part of recent efforts to improve Namibian railways, upgrades to the rail at Kranzberg were officiated by works and transport minister John Mutorwa 5 months ago.

Repairs and upgrades to the railway between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay also officially started a month ago.