Following an uproar over reports that one of their Kisumu-bound trains had stalled at Nyando Escarpment, the Kenya Railways Corporation has issued an official statement.
Responding to the Tuesday night derailment, the transport service provider clarified that the locomotive en route to Kisumu encountered a logistical hitch which they blamed on natural causes.
“We wish to inform the public that the Kisumu bound train encountered a slight hitch occasioned by the heavy rains that earlier pounded the Muhoroni area,” they wrote on their official social media pages.
Offering further reassurance to distressed travellers and unimpressed netizens, Kenya Railways additionally noted that the matter was eventually resolved.
“The issue has since been sorted out and the train is already on the way to Kisumu,” read the rest of the post.
The train was making its second trip to the lakeside city after rail services resumed in the line last week following the rehabilitation of the line.
The incident happened at around 6 pm when the train ferrying over 200 passengers was negotiating a sharp corner.