Prasa to pay for crash victims' bills

2011-05-21 22:32

Johannesburg - The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) would pay the hospital bills of 857 people who were injured in a train accident in Meadowlands, Soweto, Metrorail said on Saturday.

"Prasa is taking care of every bill in the hospital and related claims...operating in a similar manner to the Road Accident Fund," Metrorail's acting provincial manager Douglas Chauke told Sapa.

"Whether it's five or five million [rand], we cannot compensate the pain that Metrorail has caused on commuters," he said.

Two trains collided in Meadowlands on Thursday evening but no deaths were reported. The cause of the incident was not known but authorities were investigating.

"We have three people in a critical condition, 78 with serious injuries and 776 with minor injuries," Chauke said.

He said about 24 commuters were still in hospital.

"We have visited some of the patients in hospital and will visit again tomorrow until we have seen everyone."

Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe visited some of the injured on Saturday, stopping at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Helen Joseph and Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

Chauke said some commuters were sent to Tshepo Thema hospital and Leratong hospital.

  • Cassels Madingwane - 2011-05-21 22:51

    This is a bloody rip-off... promise to pay all the medical bills but send all the injured to Baragwanth hospital? Is there something I'm not getting here?

  • BCS - 2011-05-21 22:54

    And if the majority of the patients were white, none ANC voters, would they still pay?

  • Sargon - 2011-05-21 23:19

    "Whether it's five or five million [rand], we cannot compensate the pain that Metrorail has caused on commuters," OK and what's being done to prevent this happening again? As long as government enforced race and racism plays a role in the running of businesses, these things will happen time and again. Metrorail does not care a hoot as the same commuters who were injured will pay in ticket price hikes for their own costs anyhow. Running a monopoly ensures the poor commuter has no alternative transport option. If they were so concerned why did they not take preventative actions since the last "accident" just the other day. They are right about one thing though: Metrorail cannot compensate the pain caused to commuters. SHAME on METRORAIL You have no will (political or otherwise) to clean up your act!

      Geo Farmer - 2011-05-22 04:06


  • YasButIDunno - 2011-05-22 07:02

    I hope you realise Chauke, that you have set a precedent. Better start getting one of your BEE lawyers to draft a disclaimer to be printed on all the tickets in future because these "accidents" on your BEE railway system are becoming commonplace.

  • sazi4real - 2011-07-18 20:04

    how do someone claim the money for the accident that took place between mzimhlophe and phomolong in soweto? my number 0829757738

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