Three Killed, Several Injured in South African Train Crash
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – According to an online news report from news24.com, three people were killed and several others injured in a train crash January 8 in Pretoria, South Africa. After the crash, emergency crews were working to free people who had become pinned under the crashed train cars.*
The circumstances of the crash are not yet clear. Two trains traveling in the same direction on the same set of tracks somehow collided in Pretoria. Photos from the scene show several cars derailed and overturned off of the train tracks. The crash occurred sometime before 9 a.m. on January 8 at the Mountain View station.
“Most unfortunately, as a result of the collision and the impact, we had three fatalities from this accident and more than 300 people that were seen by emergency services,” said Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng. Mofokeng added that an investigation would be conducted, and it was still too soon to know what caused the crash.
Following the collision, all trains were suspended on the line running between Pretoria, Mabopane, and Dewildt. Mofokeng said the closure would stand until the area had been cleared, and that people with valid tickets would be transported by buses until the line reopened.
Major General Max Masha, spokesperson for the Gauteng Police, said the crash would undergo a full investigation, after which necessary steps would be taken against any responsible parties.
“We are still going to investigate further, and if we find that some people were negligent, a culpable homicide case will be opened, and then we will take it from there,” Masha said.
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