A TransNamib freight train caused an accident yesterday at about 18:15 at Kranzberg Railway Station.
The freight train 2701, which was traveling from Walvis Bay, carrying different commodities, including coal, fuel and containers, collided with train 2612, which was stationary at the Kranzberg Railway Station but was destined to depart for Walvis Bay.
Preliminary investigations indicate the accident was caused due to a train derailment at one of the switches at Kranzberg Railway Station. One of the fuel tankers exploded into flames as a result of the collision. The fire was swiftly and effectively extinguished by emergency services from Swakopmund, Karibib and Usakos.
In a statement that has just been issued by the CEO, Isai Haikela's office, TransNamib says:
"Among all the wagons being carried, only the exploded tanker was extensively damaged while the rest remained intact. Two locomotives, Loco No: SDD0014 and SDD0016 were extensively burnt beyond economic repair. The per-way at the station was also damaged while the maintenance team has begun with repairs to the damaged sections."
Rail traffic flow to and from Walvis Bay remains operational, since the accident did not happen on the main railway line. Neither injury to persons nor fuel spillage has been observed onsite.