Detectives in Makueni County have launched a manhunt for unknown people who vandalised a section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line at Thange village.
The destruction was discovered around 3pm Monday causing a Mombasa-bound Madaraka Express passenger train to be stranded in the region for hours as Kenya Railways technicians rushed to fixed the problem.
A security contact privy to the railtrack vandalism incident said “A Kenya Railways official reported the problem at 3pm. It was attended to hours later”
The incident left dozens of commuters on the evening train stranded from around 6pm. The police incident report, which heavily cites George Orawo, the head of railway security operations in the region, indicates that the vandals removed 22 continuous gauge blocks of unknown value from the rail.
“The railway gauge blocks were removed in such a way to cause train derailment/capsisement…Efforts to trace and apprehend the suspects are in progress. The area chief and Nyumba Kumi are collaborating in the manhunt,” the report says.
The trip resumed two hours later after Kenya Railways technicians fixed the problem. “We have completed the safety check and normal services have resumed. The trains will now arrive in Nairobi at 9:00 pm and in Mombasa at 9:30pm,” the railway agency said in a statement on its official Twitter handle.
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