250 hurt in Soweto train crash

2011-05-19 21:34

Johannesburg - About 250 passengers were injured when two trains collided in Meadowlands, Soweto on Thursday, Johannesburg emergency services said.

About 150 of the injured were transported to various hospitals in the area, said spokesperson Synock Matobako.

"We are still on the scene removing patients but we are not done yet. We have about 100 passengers still that we are trying to lift from the railway tracks," he said.

A Sapa reporter on the scene said that a moving train had seemingly hit a stationary train, between Mzimhlophe and Phomolong stations around 17:30.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said two men were airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

"On arrival, paramedics found passengers from both trains lying on the tracks, no fatalities yet. We have to search the train if there are still people inside," he said.

Paramedics would be at the scene for the next two hours.

Curious Sowetans have rushed to the scene out of concern for possible injured relatives.

"I heard a loud bang while watching television and came rushing to see if any of my relatives were in the train," said bystander Teko Peu.

He was expecting his sister to arrive by the train from work.

"I haven't heard from her and I wonder whether she is among the injured."

Wicks said the injuries ranged from minor to critical but he had no exact number of the injured.

Fifteen ambulances were at the scene transporting the injured to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and various private hospitals in Gauteng.

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  • incrediblesolv - 2011-05-19 21:40

    wouldn't happen on the underground maglev train.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-05-19 21:44

    Oh boy, I am lost for words! What will the cause of this be put down to....fatigue, signal problems....OR the railways employing an idiot to do the job?? My heart goes out to those involved - how scary that must have been.

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-19 21:52

    Nust have not voted for ANC, and this is the ancestors revenge, except nobody killed as a result of poor service delivery

      Serame - 2011-05-20 07:09

      Grow up Anonymous..what does anc or any other political party have to do with this..i mean pupil have been injured here..u are most prbly one of the fortunate to have a car of your own to get around..its our fellow south african brothers and sisters involved in this accident..i am not a train commuter myself but i think a little bit of sympathy would cost u nothing..if we are to take this country foward,then we dont need to politicise every single issue..

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-19 22:02

    ANOTHER TRAIN CRASH. WTF is going on wth Metro Rail? I hope the rescue goes well, and that those injured recover quickly. I fear that there will be fatalities. Seems like we have train crashes as often as there are bus crashes nowdays.

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  • V4Vendetta - 2011-05-19 22:09

    ANC non racial service delivery appointment policy: even our train drivers are colour blind. eish :(

  • Yoni - 2011-05-19 22:17

    It's a pity it's not the Gravy Train. Well, I guess the laws of physics does not care about affirmative action.

  • Deon - 2011-05-19 22:36

    Its the apartheid regimes' fault.They build the track...Basterds.

      Francis - 2011-05-19 22:45

      Definitely the apartheid regimes fault, now why the hell did they build only one track, they should have known there would be two trains on it at some stage, bastards

      tryanything - 2011-05-20 06:17

      Well think back the apartheid regime did absolutely nothing for public transport.. they could have added a couple of extra lines to Soweto just to cut travel times to town. This would have crippled the current taxi sector or even wiped it out. Now the current government is run by the taxi industry and any high speed train issue is crushed......

  • Saretta - 2011-05-19 22:49

    Incredible that SABC 1, 2 and 3 is not covering this disaster live as it continues! Only e TV has reported on the developing news at 22.30.

      tryanything - 2011-05-20 06:19

      SABC is as dysfunctional as any ANC Operation.

  • Gryskat - 2011-05-20 10:26

    Previous report 644 hurt in Soweto train crash, this report 250, what happened to the other 394? Come on guys get your facts straight before printing.

      Jija - 2011-05-20 14:40

      Yo Gryskat, you shuld get yr facts straight. let me help you 'cause, you are an ambarrasment. You must read the news carefully before throwing your annoy! LOL. The Stats of 250 was posted at 21h34 19 May 2011 and the stats of 644 posted at 22h41. This means afte an hour later there was still more people(394) who were injured. This was spot on reporting as it is progressive reporting. Just like stats issued on the SAFM news at 19h00 that there was no single death,it does not mean that there will no developments during the rest of the day or thereafter.

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