Thursday, 27 June, 2019

At least two killed in South Africa train collision: emergency services

Following South Africa train crash kills two and injures dozens in Pretoria | Daily Star
Patty Aguilar | 09 January, 2019, 15:48

In October, 320 people were injured after a packed train traveling from Johannesburg to Pretoria crashed into the back of a stationary train.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said: "Reports from the scene indicate that on initial assessment two people had sadly died, two sustained critical injuries and had to be flown to hospital via helicopter". According to Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, the total of fatalities had since risen to four, but that was revised down to three later.

"For now, I can confirm that we have closed the Mabopane line until the scene has been cleared and investigations have been concluded", said Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found carriages from both trains tilting half off the track.

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At around lunchtime she confirmed that there were two or three people still trapped inside the trains.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the collision.

Details regarding what lead to the crash are still sketchy, and we're still trying to establish the cause of this terrible accident on the railway.

Msimanga says the metro will be meeting with Prasa soon to get answers surrounding safety issues.

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