The owner of a train operator has been forced to close a train station after one person died and another was critically injured.
The train was travelling from Brio to Sibos in Senegal on Saturday afternoon when it derailed and caught fire, according to the railway’s operator, Sibosc Railway.
The owner told the Associated Press news agency the accident happened at the entrance of the station at the junction of the Brio and Brougos railway lines.
The railway operator said the train’s driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The incident occurred at the intersection of the two lines.
It is the second train to derail in Senegal in less than a month.
“This is a very sad day for our community.
We all are devastated and we have all been praying for our families,” said Thamil Nhoula, the owner of the train operator, according the AP.
The accident occurred at a busy crossing, near a busy railway station, that is used by the Brougo to travel from Senegal to São Paulo, the AP reports.
It has become a popular spot for tourists and locals to gather, according CNN.
The station is owned by a private company and has been used for other purposes, including the sale of beer and tobacco, according Reuters.
The station was closed at about 1pm local time.