Only seven of 25 train victims identified

2012-07-16 00:00

A1 to A25. That is how the 25 bodies of the farm workers were numbered after they died in a horror train smash near Hectorspruit in Mpumalanga on Friday. Only seven of the victims have so far been identified.

An eyewitness who was behind the truck on which the labourers were transported, said after the smash, the entire area was strewn with limbs and heads. The bodies and body parts were all taken to the state mortuary in Tonga hospital and their families now have the grim task of identifying their dead children, siblings or parents.

Among the dead are reportedly a number of workers from Mozambique. Photos of the victims faces and blood samples have been taken in an attempt to determine who they are.

The workers were being transported to harvest sugar cane on a farm early on Friday morning when their driver crossed a railway in front of an oncoming coal train. Nineteen of the workers, including women, died on impact.

George Manuel Mandlazi (32), the truck driver will be charged at the Malalane court today.

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