Two dead, hundreds injured in Pretoria train collision

Leroy Wright
January 9, 2019

Services have swooped on the scene to free people trapped in the wreckage, and have confirmed two dead so far.

Following a collision involving two trains at the station west of Pretoria on Tuesday morning, Metrorail closed the line while police investigated the scene and injured commuters were being rescued and treated.

It occured at Mountain View Station.

Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says buses will be provided for commuters with valid train tickets.

The cause of the accident was still unknown.

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"Unfortunately one was stationary on the platform when the other one hit it at the back", she said.

The trains were reportedly carrying more than 800 passengers.

"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", said spokesperson Shawn Herbst.

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga said he has always raised concerns about the infrastructure of railway lines and their outdated resources. But I think there's a need now to immediately have a meeting with Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa).

"We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish those injured a speedy recovery", Vadi said.

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