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A man has died after he was crushed by a train in Athi River, Machakos County.

Mavoko chief Nzau Komo said the man was pronounced dead while being rushed to Machakos Level 5 hospital minutes after the incident.

The tragedy occurred in Tusky’s area within Athi River town on Friday.

The incident happened near the Athi River railway bridge at around 1.00 pm.

Komo said the man was walking along the Meter Gauge Railway when the incident happened.

He said the man lost his legs in the incident only to die moments later.

“The deceased is a well-known resident of Athi River town. He works at a local company within the town a few metres of the Nairobi – Namanga road,” Komo told the Star at his office premises in Athi River town on Friday.

The body was moved to Machakos Level 5 Hospital mortuary. 

An eyewitness said the train didn’t stop after it ran over the deceased.

“The man sustained serious injuries. We were shocked that the train that was headed to Nairobi didn’t stop. It was a hit-and-run case,” the eyewitness said.

Other sources revealed that the scene was cleared by officers from the Kenya Railways police unit.

Komo told residents to be careful while using not only the rail track but also roads in the Athi River subcounty to avoid unnecessary deaths due to accidents that could be avoided. - GEORGE OWITI, The Star

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