27 tourists injured in train smash

TWENTY-SEVEN tourists were injured, some of them seriously, when the tram they were travelling in on a bridge tour collided with a goods train close to the Victoria Falls Hotel yesterday.

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OWN CORRESPONDENT

The passengers on board the tram owned by the Victoria Falls Steam Train Company were from different tour operators in the resort town.

The tram collided with a National Railways of Zimbabwe goods train.

Tour operators suspect that a signals fault caused the accident.

Injured tourists were ferried to various private clinics and the Victoria Falls Hospital.

A severely injured old man was stretchered into a dark Victoria Falls Hospital as the institution was in the middle of a blackout at the time the injured tourists were brought by ambulances. The man was bleeding from the eye and the left leg seemed broken, but could not be immediately attended to as there was no doctor on duty at the time.

Another man had serious facial injuries and seemed dazed as he kept asking where he was, what had happened and what he had done to deserve the injuries he sustained.

The accident comes after passengers were injured when two trains derailed on the Victoria Falls route between Friday and Sunday.

There was a derailment at Igusi in Nyamandlovu and on Saturday morning a train collided with a fuel tanker near Gwayi River.

Police could not be reached for comment last night.

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