At least one dead in Joburg train collision

2015-04-28 09:35
(Russel Meiring, ER24)

(Russel Meiring, ER24)

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Johannesburg - A train safety officer was killed after a train collided with another at Denver station, south of Johannesburg.

About 80 others were injured in the incident, said ER24’s Russel Meiring.

“ER24 paramedics, along with various services, arrived on the scene and found the wrecked trains blocking the tracks completely. Bent metal and parts of the train had been spread across the scene,” said Meiring.

One woman was found trapped between the train and a wall. Rescue services and paramedics worked to free her from the wreckage before treatment could continue, said Meiring.

The woman was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

It is believed that one train was stationary and was rear-ended by another train, Netcare911’s Santi Steinmann said.

- A previous statement by ER24 stated the deceased person was a male train driver. That has since been corrected to a female safety officer, who sits at the back of the train and works with the driver.

Read more on:    metrorail  |  johannesburg  |  transport  |  accidents
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