Driver contributed to Soweto train crash

2012-09-28 19:06
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Train driver error, failure of the track and non-compliance with procedures were the causes of a train accident in Mzimhlophe last year that left 857 passengers injured, a board of inquiry said on Friday.

"It was very clear to the board of inquiry that the driver was a high risk individual," said board investigator Chris Dutton at a press briefing in Johannesburg. Dutton also took to task the implementation of disciplinary procedures at Metrorail.

He said section managers should have picked up on the issues with the driver's performance.

The driver had previously been cited for speeding and other disciplinary infractions.

The report also slated Metrorail for its poor communication system and track maintenance as underlying causes of the accident.

Train operators do not have working radios and must rely on cellphones to communicate with stations.

The report also said the reason the two trains were on the same track, making the accident possible, was due to another track not being repaired after it had been washed away in a storm six month before.

The accident took place on May 2011 when a train from Johannesburg to Naledi collided with the rear of a stationary train on the same track.

The accident happened between Mzimhlophle and Phomoleng stations.

While 857 commuters were injured, no one was killed.

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