Friday 18th Jan 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his heartfelt condolences to the victims of a train accident in Pretoria at the Mountain View station, which has left three people fatally wounded.
 
“I have learned with sadness of the train accident, with three fatalities at this point and over 600 being attended to at various hospitals, mostly with light injuries.  Our thoughts are with those who lost their lives and their families. To the injured I would like to wish you all a speedy recovery”, said president Ramaphosa.
 
President Ramaphosa further said “I would like to also encourage emergency services team on the scene to do all in their powers to help those who are still trapped under the train”.
 
President Ramaphosa welcomes efforts by Gauteng Metrorail to institute a board of enquiry to determine the cause of the accident.
 
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

South African train collision kills three, injures 300

By AFP• - Daily Maverick -

Two passenger trains collided during the morning rush hour in South Africa's capital city Pretoria Tuesday, killing three people and injuring hundreds, emergency services said.

Two critically injured people were airlifted from the scene of the crash in Mountain View, northern Pretoria, spokesman Charles Mabaso told AFP.

Another 300 people were hurt, with 82 sustaining serious injuries.

“The current fatalities stand at three, but it still might rise,” said Mabaso.

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

“Numerous passengers were found either in the trains or found walking around on the scene,” Russel Meiring, a spokesman for the ER24 emergency services, said in a statement.

Rail accidents are common in South Africa. A year ago, in one of the country’s worst rail disasters, a passenger train travelling from the southern city of Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg smashed into a lorry at a level crossing near Kroonstad in the central Free State province and burst into flames, killing 19 people and wounding 254. In 2016-17, 495 people were killed on the country’s railways according to the Railway Safety Regulator — an increase of eight percent on the previous year.  DM

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