Train collision scene will take about 6 hours to clear

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Joburg trains collide

A collision between two trains at Denver station south of Johannesburg has left 80 injured and at least one dead.

Johannesburg - The scene of a train collision in Johannesburg will take about six hours to clear, Prasa CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said on Tuesday.

At least one person, a female safety officer, was killed when the two trains collided at Denver station, Mofi said.

The safety officer was at the back of a stationary Metroplus train with around 700 people on board.

Her job was to provide the driver with the all-clear. A Business Express train, with about 200 people, crashed into the back of it. Both trains were en route from Pretoria to Johannesburg.

The accident, which left 240 people injured, affected the Germiston-Johannesburg line.

Of those injured, 80 have been discharged from hospital. The driver of the Business Express, a woman, was airlifted to hospital.

“What we are doing is making a full determination of the numbers,” Mofi said.

“The technical team is making a detailed analysis. We will check whether the signals were in order.”

The scene needed to be cleared for the afternoon peak.

The transport minister and Gauteng transport MEC were expected to arrive on the scene later on Tuesday.

Mofi sent his condolences to the family of the woman killed and the families of those injured.

- A previous statement by ER24 stated the deceased person was a male train driver. That has since been corrected to a female safety officer, who sits at the back of the train and works with the driver.


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