Rovos loses 3 employees in crash

2010-04-22 09:19

Johannesburg - Three women employed by Rovos Rail died after the luxury train carrying dozens of foreign tourists derailed near Pretoria, owner Rohan Vos said on Thursday.

"Three staff members died and one four-month-old baby [foetus]," Vos told Sapa.

One of the three women who died was four months pregnant and went into labour at the time of the accident.

Two women died on the scene and the third later died from her injuries.

Vos said one person was still in a critical condition.

Six others were out of danger but had sustained serious injuries.

The train crashed onto its side across the railway tracks.

There were 55 passengers on board - mostly foreign tourists - and 30 Rovos Rail employees.

About 40 of the passengers were American tourists, of whom ten were taken to hospital.

There were also South African, German, British and French tourists on board.