Cable theft caused train collision

2013-01-31 12:01
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Pretoria train crash

Two passenger trains have collided near Kalafong station in Pretoria. See all the latest pictures from the scene of the accident.

kalahari.com

  • Accidents
    A resource for all Health and Safety professionals, particularly those who have responsibility for... Now R521.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - Cable theft was the cause of a train collision near Atteridgeville in Pretoria on Thursday morning, Metrorail says.

An updated estimate says two people, including the train driver, have sustained critical injuries. Eight people are in a serious condition and 300 injuries have been reported.

Among those, 50 schoolchildren have sustained minor injuries, Jacaranda News reported.

Emergency personnel previously estimated the number to be around 150 people, with six thought to be seriously injured.

 "It’s time we recognise cable theft as attempted murder. People could have died today," Metrorail said at a press conference.

The loss of cables reportedly means the trains were operating on manual mode.

The company is reportedly in discussions with the departments of justice and police to address the issue of cable theft.

They're working on technology to see whether the copper in cables can be replaced with another product.

Accident

The accident happened around 07:20 near Church Street in Pretoria when a passenger train rammed into another stationary train from behind on the same track.

 "The metal was torn and crumpled from the force of the two trains colliding,” ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

Power lines on top of the trains were damaged.

The area was cordoned off and a triage area for patients was erected nearby. Hundreds of emergency service personnel were on the scene, treating patients on the scene and transporting them to the hospital.

"After approximately two and a half hours on scene, it appears that most of the more seriously injured patients have been removed to hospital and only those that have sustained relatively minor injuries in the incident will be transported shortly," Jackson said.
Read more on:    metrorail  |  accidents
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
92 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the surface...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.