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Structures near Mutindwa crash scene demolished

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Temporary structures built along the railway line near the scene of the Mutindwa bus-train crash in Nairobi were Tuesday morning demolished.

The demolitions follow a directive by Transport and infrastructure Cabinet Sectretary Michael Kamau last week.

Excavators pulled down the structures starting at the railway park at Donholm, stretching for about three kilometres as police and members of the public looked on.

Some stall owners claimed that the demolitions are in breach of a three-month notice to vacate the area given to them by Rift Valley Railways last week after the deadly crash occurred.

Twelve people died in the Wednesday crash after a commuter train rammed a bus run by the Umoinner bus firm, which had stalled at the Mutindwa level crossing in Nairobi’s Eastlands area.

The temporary structures constructed along the railway line at the crossing make it difficult for the drivers to see approaching trains at the crossings.

The structures have been there despite an earlier plan to conduct large-scale eviction of people living and operating businesses along the railway line.

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