Train overturns near Hibberdene

2018-07-12 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedA train overturned in Pumula on Monday.

PHOTO: suppliedA train overturned in Pumula on Monday.

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STOLEN copper wires is suspected to have been the cause of a train overturning in Pumula on Monday.

According to Lazer911 reaction officer Robbie Paypers, who was dispatched to the scene, said the train battled to pass through a segment of the railway line on 14th avenue in Pumula, near Hibberdene.

He said their company is constantly trying to warn communities about the dangers of copper theft.

“While criminals often regard it as a quick way to make easy money, the repercussions are often detrimental.

“What is worse is that copper theft is now orchestrated in the realm of organised crime syndicates,” said Paypers as he urged communities to take caution.

The train was reportedly travelling to Durban and was not carrying any goods. No injuries were sustained during the crash.

Local police confirmed the incident saying: “We confirm that a Metrorail freight train derailed at Pumula near Southport on July 2, however, no criminal case was opened with the SAPS for investigation,” said Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Captain Petros Mpinge.

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