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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Victoria Falls tourist tram service suspended

A LOCAL company which runs a tram service in the tourist resort of Victoria Falls has suspended services following the recent crash that left one tourist dead and 20 others injured.

The general manager for Victoria Falls Steam Train Company, Edmore Kasira, said they had suspended operations to establish the cause of the accident.

“We’re working hard to have the product which had been popular with tourists back on the rails. It will go on as soon as possible but for now it is suspended to allow investigations into the cause of the accident,” he said.

The tram was carrying 32 tourists and five crew members when a National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) goods train ploughed it at the Victoria Falls main station.

Of the 20 who were injured, 18 were treated at the local hospital while two others were flown to a hospital in Johannesburg where one of them died of his wounds.

NRZ spokesperson, Fanuel Masikati, said a team of experts was still on the ground investigating the cause of the accident. It is suspected that a signal error could be the most likely explanation for the accident.

The open-sided tram was used to transport tourists to the town’s star attractions such as the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Rainforest.

Source: Victoria Falls tourist tram service suspended - NewZimbabwe.com (16/7/14)
Big blow for tourism - NewsDay (11/07/14)

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