Luxury train derails

2010-04-21 11:48

At least three people were critically injured when a Rovos Rail

Pride of Africa train derailed at the Bosman Street railway station in


Eyewitness News reported a member of the kitchen staff had been


Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said: “The whole train

derailed and some of the coaches are lying on top of each other. They had to cut

holes in the roofs to get the passengers out.”

Botha said 32 passengers sustained injuries ranging from minor to

serious. There were 55 people on board at the time of the derailment.

Botha said emergency services from Pretoria, private ambulance

services and paramedics were at the scene.

People were still being rescued from the wreckage. The injured

already removed from the wreckage had been taken to a local hospital. Botha said

it was not clear why the train had derailed.

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