Second time unlucky for pastor as train derails

2015-08-19 14:27
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Johannesburg – Bekkie Mans woke up just before midnight on Tuesday to see sparks flying outside his carriage window as the new Afro4000 train he was travelling on derailed outside Kimberley.

For the pastor from the East Rand it was his second accident on a Shosholoza Meyl train in three years.

“I was woken up by a terrible noise. The train was shaking. My curtain was open a little bit and I saw sparks on the outside and I shouted to my wife that the train had derailed,” he said.

Three years ago he was on a stationary Shosholoza Meyl train when another train crashed into it after its driver skipped a signal. One woman was killed.

This time there were no fatalities.

'Full of blood'

“I saw the driver, his face was full of blood. I couldn’t recognise the person there. The co-driver was also badly hurt,” said Mans.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said 12 people sustained minor injuries.

Shosholoza Meyl spokesperson, Mthura Swartz, said 60 people were treated for shock. The assistant driver was being kept under observation in hospital.

(Carel de Nysschen, News24 User)

Mans said the derailment happened outside Kimberley around 23:30 on Tuesday, moments after they had crossed the Modder River, where the track runs parallel to the N12.

“The police were there very quickly. They must have seen it. They took us to Kimberley.”

Mans was travelling from Johannesburg to Namaqualand with a group of 18 people. He said about four coaches derailed. The last three were still on the tracks.

They were put on buses and taken to Beaufort West.

“It’s a terrible thing that happened. The people were very traumatised. We praise God that nobody died.”

(Carel de Nysschen, News24 User)

(Carel de Nysschen, News24 User)

(Carel de Nysschen, News24 User)

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