Train rams into Mercedes ML

HARARE - A motorist escaped uninjured yesterday morning when a train struck her Mercedes Benz ML vehicle at a rail-road crossing in Harare.

The accident occurred shortly before 6am along Chiremba Road just close to OK Mart in Hillside suburb.

The train hit the passenger’s side of the vehicle, with the dazed female driver Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, a radio presenter said to be in her 20s, shell-shocked.

She was the only person in the vehicle.

Fanuel Masikati, National Railways of Zimbabwe public relations manager, said the accident occurred at 6:20 am.

“I was told no one was injured, but we have observed with concern that some motorists want to beat the train at level crossings, you cannot win,” he said.

“It is even indicated in the Highway Code that you should stop, so you would rather stop than try and beat a train.”

According to witnesses, Parirenyatwa, daughter to Health and Child Care minister David, failed to stop at the junction even after the train sounded an approaching warning.

“The train was not even travelling fast and was sounding a warning. I do not know what she was thinking,” said a vendor hawking her wares close to the accident scene.

“But she is a lucky young woman because she got hit on the back, and when the mother came, she was shaking and afraid that she might have died but luckily, she had not even been injured.

“I don’t think she was even taken to hospital because she looked fine when she came out of her car,” he said.

The witness said the train’s driver saw the car entering the intersection and went into a “maximum brake mode” in an effort to avoid impact.

There were people aboard the train, which had arrived in Harare from Mutare.


    Comments (8)

    We need to exercise extreme caution when approching a railway line ,in order to stay alive.

    kayz - 23 March 2014

    Fanuel Masikati, National Railways of Zimbabwe public relations manager: “I was told no one was injured, but we have observed with concern that some motorists want to beat the train at level crossings, you cannot win,” he said. I know the place, it's dangerous. The time I drove on that road there were no booms -as is the case with many level crossings in Zim. While we the public need to exercise caution, the NRZ and road authorities must provide safe infrastructure. e.g. in addition to the train sounding a warning, there must be physical barriers/booms which will have closed the road so that no one can pass through. In other countries, e.g. Britain, this NRZ, road authorities would have been successfully taken to court for health and safety breaches. It's time the people's safety was taken seriously in Zim. [Look at ZESA, NRZ's cousin! People getting electrocuted in unlikely public places]. authorities must value people's lives and prioritise safety. We do not need these insulting comments from NRZ's PR Manager which show total lack of accountability and are insensitive.

    The Truth - 23 March 2014

    Don't blame NRZ for a stupid mistake made by someone who was probably talking on her cell phone and didn't even hear the warning. We all know to slow down at train crossings and not to try and beat the train maybe she needs to take her license again. Thank heavens she was the only one involved and didn't take out innocent lives.

    Zims - 23 March 2014

    Not the train fault, its a railway line, he can only be on the track, idiot careless people should stop trying to race against the train, she was probably on her mobile and not concentrating.

    james hamaziripi - 24 March 2014

    hapana malights wani..kana zvimaboom gates like zviri pamatoll gates ..nrz irikudya mari iya haa..

    tsotsi - 24 March 2014

    Is she deaf, wakambonzwa train ichiridza bhero iwe unotya wega because it is so high pitched. There is a sign saying rail crossing whilst we want booms there we have to appreciate we don't have so be wary of that. She must thank His Almighty. Zim drivers don't observe road signs. Ask any driver what road sign he has just passed he won't know.

    maita - 24 March 2014

    It beats me. Is this not spiritual. How did her grandfather die way back in 1962? Does anyone remember?

    gilbert magwasha - 24 March 2014

    And no one is saying anything about upgrading the security measures. Normal roads will have fully functional flashing lights on either side and a boom that closes minutes before the train is in sight.

    Patriot - 27 March 2014

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