Trains back on track after spill

2012-12-05 00:00

TRAINS between Pietermaritzburg and Durban will be pulled past the scene of the goods train derailment behind Hulamin using a diesel locomotive.

A train carrying chemicals derailed on Sunday while travelling from Sasolburg to Durban, causing chaos as the main line was temporarily closed.

Passengers had to be taken by bus to Durban and goods trains have been unable to get through for the past three days.

Transnet spokesperson Selby Dlamini said the investigation into what caused the derailment was continuing.

“A team of investigators started [working there] and forensic testing will be concluded. The derailed wagons will be moved and the infrastructure will be fixed soon. For now, the trains will be using diesel locomotion to bypass where the electricity is off,” said Dlamini.

The electricity supply to that section of the track was damaged in the derailment.

Shosholoza Meyl spokesperson Ravind Folly said passenger trains between Durban and Johannesburg would operate as normal.

Dlamini said the Transnet teams were working hard to make sure that the derailed tankers were moved from the area.

“After these wagons are moved, we will be able to fix the infrastructure” said Dlamini.

He insisted there were no environmental threats and refused once again to disclose what chemical the train was carrying, citing security concerns.

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