Train Derailment In Borneo Interior: 2 Killed

Two people were killed and dozens others injured when a Borneo Railway slipped off track due to landslip and plunged into the Padas River in Tenom in the interior of Sabah.

Train

Photo by The New Straits Times Press.

Here’s a report by The Star newspaper on the incident:

Two Killed In Train Plunge
The Star

KOTA KINABALU: A normally-serene journey in interior Sabah turned into a nightmare for 41 people when a train plunged into the fast-flowing Padas River, killing two passengers.

Four others on board the two-carriage train were injured as passengers scrambled up a steep slope in the tragedy that occurred after a landslip in Kampung Pangi near Tenom, about 170km from here.

Police have identified the two dead as a local woman from Kg Melalap in Tenom and a Timorese man.

Tenom OCPD Deputy Supt Mazlan Lazim said both were believed to have drowned while trying to swim out of the train.

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Tibet
[A train chugging through Tibet terrain on the world's highest railway track. Imagine similar train on Borneo railway lines with Mount Kinabalu in the background.]

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