Rusal, the world’s third-largest aluminium producer operates three bauxite mines and an alumina refinery in the coastal West African nation. The Guinea mines make up 42% of Rusal‘s total bauxite capacity.
Two trains belonging to the company collided in Konarki, the capital of the country. It was reported that one train, which stopped due to technical problems, was hit by another.
In the accident that took place in the morning hours, one person died and several others were injured. It is also among the information reflected in the press that the trains are bringing the load in Konarki.
Jean Tamba Kotambadouno, a representative of the trade union delegation in Konarki, said: “There is currently one dead and eight injured. “There is a lot of material damage,” he said.
“It was a moving train that collided with another that had broken down and was parked,” Lamine Camara, a resident in the neighbourhood where the accident took place on the outskirts of the capital.
Mamadou Lamin Fatu, one of the firefighters in the region, said that greater losses were prevented as a result of the firefighters extinguishing the fire.
Rusal said an investigation had been launched into the cause of the incident and that company representatives were providing support to the relevant authorities in Guinea. A timetable for resumption of transportation would be determined once the investigation and restoration of the rail tracks are completed.