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Lucky escape for 100s on train

2012-06-19 20:45

Cape Town - Up to 500 people had a narrow escape on Tuesday evening after a passenger train from Cape Town collided with a stationary goods train at Fisantekraal, near Durbanville.

The train had been en route to Malmesbury.

Disaster Risk Management Cape Town said only one person was slightly injured.

It added that the situation was under control and Metrorail arranged buses for the passengers to be taken to various destinations.

The incident will be investigated by the Railway Safety Regulator.

Comments
  • Henk - 2012-06-19 20:56

    BEE Metrorail Managers!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 21:06

      Who said? Got proof? What a genius you are hey!

      Henk - 2012-06-19 21:08

      Well If it is anything Like Metrorail in Johannesburg. Shunters have become operational managers.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-19 21:29

      Glad they are OK. Must have been going quite slowly.

      Clive - 2012-06-19 22:10

      Metrorail is not known as Metrofail for nothing, Hugh. I think it is generally accepted that its so-called management is a disaster. We can draw our own conclusions as to why this is so.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-20 01:34

      That is what happens when you place incompetent BEE candidates in positions where they are not suppose to work. I grew up poor but today I'm doing a job that I went to study damn hard for. I agree with you henk and as a black man, I feel that commuters safety should be taken into consideration before friends and comrades are getting any position when it comes to formal public transport. I'm sure Metrofails manager don't know how to make a train move nor how to open the doors, mara his the parastatal's manager.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-19 20:56

    Glad to hear that everybody is ok.

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-19 20:58

    In disasters such as thse the first prsn to fire should be the CEO: fire Lucky Montana

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 21:02

      Jeez you can't hang the CEO just because. Wait for the facts to come out.

      ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-06-19 21:05

      This was not a disaster, it was a " narrow escape " ! cant you read ?

      Clive - 2012-06-19 22:12

      Lucky is lucky he's not working in the private sector: he would have been fired long ago due to non-performance.

      vvuzane - 2012-06-19 22:51

      The incident occured under lucky's strings,bt he is the face bt i beliv ther r ppl who r supposed to b on the controls not him in this case...bt w wil hav 2 hear results 4 incident review

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 22:53

      Yes I can read - since when is that the CEO's fault? Was he driving the train? Responsible for switching the tracks? Behind the computer that controls all the lines?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 22:54

      I'm just saying don't be judgemental until the facts are out. Fk Sakes.

      Clive - 2012-06-20 10:54

      Don't get so angry, Hugh; are you maybe trying to stand up for your employer? Look at it this way: train drivers don't steer a train, so either the signalling failed (mechanical/electrical fault or human error?), or the driver ignored a signal. Either way, someone at Transnet/Metrofail must be held accountable.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 21:01

    Well at least that's a relief. Would like some answers as to how this happened in the first place.

  • Pietrov - 2012-06-19 21:28

    Well, now, let me see. Why is this just right after Lucky Montana happened to mention that more money needed to be spend on sophisticated anti-collision equipment? That of course amongst the usual need for money to upgrade the out of date rolling stock. I smell an elephant. Same as with Eishkom.

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-06-19 21:43

    I'm not a train driver but hell........there is only one rail, lots of signals and communications setups so how on earth do they keep driving into one another, we must have the worst train disaster record in the world, especially considering how little we use the rail service

      Clive - 2012-06-19 22:15

      Problem is, signals often don't work due to lack of maintenance. If they do, they are sometimes ignored, as we've seen with several major derailments in the freight service.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 22:59

      Jeez - did you not read the articles on all the rail disasters overseas? Not making excuses for our disasters - just saying - there have been MANY international train disasters, and planes and and. Point is, as far as THIS goes - was it negligence? We don't know yet. Were you there? No? Not a train driver? No? Not a train expert? No? So don't talk about stuff you don't know - real simple. Truth will come out (if someone reports about it) and then we can all go bos with our opinions okay?

      Clive - 2012-06-20 09:18

      @Hugh: I am certainly no expert - are you? - but I try to keep myself well informed. Problem is, Hugh, the truth seldom comes out into the public domain - cover-ups seem to be the order of the day when it comes to rail accidents. How many millions of dollars - maybe billions - of exports have been lost due to derailments on the coal and iron ore lines? Accidents in other countries are irrelevant, and are no excuse for, what happens here.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-06-19 22:20

    Last month it was a bomb scare in Pa row now is this,what's next. the intensity is increasing. They emphasize safety @ all times but to allow some1 to drive a train to a stationary one is murder,the control should be fired period

  • Pam Hall - 2012-06-19 22:25

    A "stationary" goods train, was it full of paper? Come on news24, at least check the spelling!

      Pam Hall - 2012-06-19 22:29

      Sorry, my fault, need new glasses

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