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Train crash: Cops consider charges

2012-07-13 13:21

Cape Town - Police are investigating a gruesome train crash scene in Mpumalanga and are considering laying a charge of culpable homicide, AFP reported on Friday.

Some officials say that 19 people are dead while another said more than 30 people are dead. The accident happened when a truck collided with a train at a level crossing around 07:00.

The driver of the truck survived the crash and some of the critically injured were airlifted to hospital.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said the truck had been carrying farm workers on the N4 between Malelane and Hectorspruit.

Provincial community safety department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said he could not confirm casualties until the forensic team had concluded its investigation.

He said the train dragged the truck for about 200m and there were bodies with limbs missing scattered on the ground.

"The train was a goods train and looks like it was transporting coal. The crash happened a few kilometres [outside]of Hectorspruit," he said.

The truck was transporting about 50 people, believed to be farm labourers, he said.

"You can smell blood. There are bodies everywhere. It's a very gruesome sight," a woman at the scene told local radio.

The government conveyed its condolences to the relatives of those killed in the crash.

"Government is deeply saddened by this incident. One death is one too many. Our prayers and thoughts are with families of the farm-workers," spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said.

Cabinet members commended emergency services for their quick response.

Comments
  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-13 13:31

    May their soul RIP and condolences to all their families , be strong.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-13 13:54

      Put this guy away. Farmer or worker. Televise the court appearance. Give a severe punishment.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-13 13:57

      "The accident happened when a truck collided with a train at a level crossing around 07:00." HUH??? Did the train not collide with the truck rather?

      shirley.schlange - 2012-07-13 14:08

      What a positive post, I appreciated it, so the families will be very appreciative of this as well.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-13 13:37

    This is sad, rather charge the driver with murder.

  • luka.mlukani - 2012-07-13 13:39

    Sad news

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-13 13:39

    Considering laying charges????????

      Siann - 2012-07-13 13:44

      My thoughts exactly!!!!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 14:45

      Looks like the word CONSIDERING here means "SWEEPING IT UNDER THE CARPET " Nothing much will come of this story.

  • Jake - 2012-07-13 13:57

    Tragic and horrific beyond belief.....imagine having to pick up the pieces of your loved one.....the cause of this is the serious lack of driver education....in SA we simply hand out licenses to the highest paying idiot.......driver teducation must be given greater priiority......take a look at new pics and other content including live accident scenes captured by vehicle cameras.....wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • shirley.schlange - 2012-07-13 14:10

    It would seem that we have a lot of eye witnesses, sitting behind technology and condeming another human being.

      gareth.beesley.7 - 2012-07-13 14:32

      There are two ways this truly horrific event could occur. 1. - The Level Crossing didn’t work, no light and the driver didn’t have the presence of mind to notice hundreds of tons of metal hurtling towards him or 2. - The Level crossing did work and he ignored it. Either way it is an awful, tragic story. My heart really does go out to those affected.

  • anri.tredoux - 2012-07-13 14:24

    Why did the truck driver not make sure that he could go over. This is the second biggest incident we had in two years. I really hope that the Truck Driver gets the Death Penalty.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 14:48

      What DEATH PENALTY ? His skincolour is the RIGHT colour. Imagine taking 50 people `s lives in your own hands. This man DID NOT think.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-13 14:28

    He got hit by the train. He did NOT have enough time to cross and Obviously saw it coming. IDIOT. This is terrible.. Those poor workers.. Condolences to their friends and families..

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-13 14:36

    Was this a level crossing with booms and/or lights? If not, why not? The Government has a duty as well.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-13 14:51

    Nail this driver to the hilt! - Murder docket for each deceased. How can you not see a great big train coming! When you have the responsibility of that many passengers on your shoulders you look 3 times before you cross...! Just an unacceptable loss of life due to plain blatant negligence...!

  • leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-07-13 14:53

    everyone jumping on the boat to jail this guy for life should be jailed for life for idiocy! You are not the investigating officer nor are you the judge or jury, we know nothing about what happened and who is responsible, only what we assume happened! so please stop being sheep! Every person deserves a defence, if found guilty then so be it. nothing more to be said!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-07-13 15:10

    Extremely sad. How does a driver manage to put a truck in front of a train unless he was plain criminally negligent. HE probably thought he can still skip past.

  • annalene.nel - 2012-07-13 15:38

    THis bus driver must have been a taxi driver before, so used to doing whatever he wants on the road, why did the train not give way to the bus like all road users do for taxis ?

      anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-07-16 17:57

      YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH!

  • John - 2012-07-13 21:42

    Do any of you seriously think that the driver was commiting suicide? He suffered a lapse in awareness that could just as easily killed himself! Get all the facts before you condemn. Were there booms, signals, signs? What speed was the train travelling? What was the visibility? Did the train sound a warning when approaching the crossing. There are always three sides to a story, my side, your side and the TRUTH.

      anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-07-16 18:03

      WHAT WOULD YOU DO AT A CROSSING? WORD WAKKER OUBOET PARTY MENSE IS GEBORE MET BRAINS EN ONS GEBRUIK DIT! JAMMER VIR DIE WAT NIE BRAINS HET NIE! EK SAL STOP GOED LINKS EN REGS KYK VOOR EK N KANS VAT! SUFFERED A LAPSE IN AWARENESS SHAME MAYBE HE HAD NONE!

  • John - 2012-07-13 21:51

    My sincerest sympathies to all the victims. The cops must thoroughly investigate before making stupid unfounded rhetorical statements designed to mislead and inflame the emotions of the people. I fail to believe that the driver deliberately drove in front of a train.

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