Commuters boarding a train. (Courtesy)

The Kenya Railways on Saturday urged motorists and pedestrians to stay alert while crossing the rail tracks to avoid accidents. Through a notice, motorists were asked to cease competing to beat the oncoming train while pedestrians urged to stay away from the railway line as the train is usually moving at high speed.

“We hereby urge motorists and pedestrians to stay alert while crossing rail tracks and desist from competing to beat the oncoming train. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the railway line and while crossing at the level crossings, please note that an oncoming train is nearer than you think and moving at a faster speed than you think,” read part of the statement.

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Following the increase in the frequency of running trains, Kenya Railways said they’ll remove all illegal structures and pathways within the railways to keep the public safe. The statement further warned that anyone caught driving through, walking, or vandalizing the infrastructure would be arrested and prosecuted.

“There are many rail crossings throughout our railway network and the frequency of running trains have increased. In this regard and to keep the public safe from accidents we will remove all illegal structures and pathways within the railways reserve. Anyone found seating, walking, driving through, vandalizing or interfering with Railways infrastructure will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law,” warned Kenya Railways.

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Train rams into a lorry in Donholm. (Courtesy/Ma3route)

The statement comes a few days after a train operating on the Embakasi route rammed into a truck in Donholm, killing one person on the spot. Images of the accident showed a completely wrecked lorry with some of its parts scattered on both sides of the railway track.  The commuter train, which was headed to carry commuters from Pipeline to Nairobi City Centre, left hundreds stranded who use the train due to the hike in matatu fares.