Cape Town court hears train lawsuit

2012-10-10 13:43

Cape Town - The driver of a truck hit by a train in Cape Town, killing 21 people, had never driven that truck model before, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

The Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday that Gert Zeelie was on the first day of a new job when the truck stalled on a railway crossing near Faure, on November 13 2006.

"He only started the job that day. I was handing my job over to him," survivor Morne Kershoff said.

He said as they neared the crossing, he told Zeelie to be careful and had looked to see if the man was checking for trains, before looking down to get something out of his bag.

"I felt the truck moving and then I felt the truck die. When I looked up at [Zeelie] to ask why the truck had died, I saw the train. I immediately jumped out."

Zeelie and 20 farmworkers on the back of the truck were killed.

Two fellow survivors, Primilda Jacobs, 25, and Caroline Hendricks, 46, are suing Metrorail and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA for damages.

The hearing was set to continue on Wednesday.

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-10 13:54

    At one point, you can't believe

  • bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-10 13:54

    How can you sue Metrorail for the drivers fault?

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-10 18:22

      Do trains fly these days?

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 14:01

    Suing the wrong people?

  • Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:06

    I'm not sure how this is going to end (being South Africa n' all) but it is my understanding that the truck was supposed to stop and wait for the train to pass (as is usually the case at crossings), not the other way around? I'm not a train driver either (being otherwise employed n' all) but it is also my understanding that it takes considerable time and distance for a train to come to a complete stop. Is it therefore fair to assume that the truck driver, not the train driver, was at fault here? If this is the case, what ground do these people have in this law suit? If I am wrong, please explain it to me. Heartfelt condolences to the families who buried loved ones, though.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-10-10 14:06

    HUH? Its like suing the hospital because my child is ugly...

      Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:23

      No, that's what you sue your in-laws for. Ugly forefathers.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-10 14:26

    Looks like scummy lawyers out to make mega bucks and the clients will get bugger all.

      Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:41

      Not only AA copied from the USA. The whatnots have learnt from watching the tv's for which they don't have licenses.

  • mondesa - 2012-10-10 14:47

    This story is one sided. What if this start by saying there was no warning signes as well as the booms a that crossing. But yes it difficult to blame trin for that.

  • nkosie.ngubane.52 - 2012-10-10 15:21

    This actualy happed in Mpumalanga, not Cape Town.

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-10 18:23

    Its like suing SAPS for being arrested for drunk and driving?

  • Marcia Maza Monyake - 2012-10-10 18:51

    thats jst bs,wa the teain suppose to magically jump the truck in da mkddle of a railway crossing people love money yhoo!

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