Half of Soweto train victims paid out

2011-06-06 18:00
Johannesburg - About half of those involved in a train accident in Soweto have received financial compensation, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said on Monday.

"As at June 2, Prasa has granted financial assistance to 445 of the reported 857 train accident victims so far," spokesperson Nana Zenani said in a statement.

A total of 425 commuters received R7 500 each and 20 got R10 000 each, totalling R3.4m.

"We've made a commitment that all medical costs will be covered by Prasa separate from financial assistance...we have not set a limit or criteria on which injuries we are willing to cover," group CEO Lucky Montana said.

On May 19, a train collided with a stationary train in Meadowlands. The driver was dismissed after it was found he went through two red signals and was speeding.

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