Axle problem may have caused coach derailment

2013-11-19 00:00

AN axle problem is thought to be behind the derailment of two coaches from a train in Pelham on Sunday night.

Transnet Freight Rail spokesperson Selby Dlamini said the train, carrying manganese from Northern Cape province for export, derailed at about 9.35 pm.

“Out of 65 wagons, only two derailed. One went off the tracks and came to rest on its side, while the other also got off the line but remained standing,” he said.

Dlamini said preliminary findings suggest that an axle problem may have caused the accident. A comprehensive investigation of the incident was being conducted. “Both the driver and his assistant were lucky to escape with no injuries,” said Dlamini.

He said there would be minimal disturbance to rail traffic because one line was still open.

“We have put in place a speed restriction for trains using this route while our team fixes the line,” said Dlamini.

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