Crashed truck hit by train
11 June 2019 | Accidents
Miracles do happen: All the people involved in a freak crash involving a truck, a smaller truck and a train on the B2 highway between Usakos and Karibib this morning sustained minor injuries. The accident occurred at 07.30 on the railway bridge near Kranzberg.
According to well-placed sources, the first collision occurred between the two trucks on the bridge. The exact cause of this crash is still unknown. The truck carrying heavy fuel oil crashed through the bridge barrier and fell about five meters onto the railroad track where it finally came to a standstill.
The driver of the smaller truck hurried to the other driver to free him from the vehicle. “While they were still opening the driver’s door, they noticed the oncoming freight train. They barely managed to get to safety before the train hit the truck,” said the source. The train, which was travelling towards Walvis Bay, dragged the truck underneath the bridge where it came to a standstill. The locomotive as well as a few wagons derailed during the incident. Luck, it seems, was also in favour of the train personnel as no one on the train was injured.
The total damage caused during the freak accident is estimated at several million Namibian dollars. The railway bridge, however, was only slightly damaged and was open to traffic by mid-morning.