Minister inspects train crash site

2013-01-31 13:13

Pretoria - Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins visited the scene of the train collision, near the Kalafong railway station, in Pretoria, on Thursday morning.

He and an entourage including provincial transport officials walked on the railway lines towards the wreckage of the two trains.

Police at the scene said one of the trains was stopped between Cor Delfos and Saulsville when another train rammed it from behind around 07:00.

Emergency workers at the scene were still attending to injured passengers by 10:00.

Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said one of the train drivers was critically injured.

"The man was airlifted to a hospital. We had about 20 people who were seriously injured and about 150 walking injured," he said.

Scores of journalists and paramedics were on the scene.

  • WesKaap - 2013-01-31 13:44

    If the cables were stolen, surely the signals should either automatically fall to danger or show nothing which by default means danger

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-31 14:37

      This is what we would expect but as with everything, maintenance is not a strong point with our institutions!

  • annie.israel.50 - 2013-01-31 14:05

    The upgrading of the trains should have happened long time ago but instead the renovation of Zuma's palace was the priority - AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE!!

  • Poloyatonki - 2013-01-31 14:10

    Does the Minister have qualifications to inspect the train crash?

  • andile.tulo - 2013-02-01 08:05

    Eish , ja it's all about a lack of communication because when a cable was stolen a driver could have reported the case immediately so that the oncoming train is stopped as soon as possible . 150 000 injured people now need to be paid .

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