Soweto train crash: 852 injured

2011-05-21 14:07

Johannesburg - The injured toll of Thursday's train crash in Soweto has risen to 852, Johannesburg emergency services said on Saturday.

"We have consolidated numbers with emergency organisations and have ultimately established how many people were injured," said spokesperson Synock Matobako.

Many of the injured had been discharged from hospital. Injuries varied from head and spinal trauma to minor fractures.

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

Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe was expected to visit some of the injured in hospital on Saturday.

Her first visit was scheduled at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, followed by Helen Joseph Hospital, and the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

"I would like to thank emergency workers who were at the scene of the train accident and assisted in stabilising patients," Mekgwe said in a statement.

"Health workers who provided medical care at the different hospitals helped to prevent a possible disaster."

  • Markus - 2011-05-21 15:21

    Why are there so many train accidents at the moment. Just the other day a commuter train crashed killing, I believe, the driver and some passengers. Aren't our train networks meant to be improving? Or is the transnet(I think they are nationally in charge) spending too many resources on the Gautrain project?

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 09:16

      While government is involved in the Gautrain project to my knowledge Transnet has noting to do with it. Besides the Gautrain project is needed and works.

  • ben petzer - 2011-05-21 16:01

    Lack of maintenance will no doubt be the real cause be this is not what the investigation will reveal.

  • Blogmaster - 2011-05-21 16:46

    3 Week Wonders in the control room.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-21 16:53

    Eish, plenty train crashes nowadays, but the gravy train she never crashes. She just rolls on and on and on and on............

  • FanieWP - 2011-05-21 17:47

    Pilot Error !

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-05-21 18:37

    @ Jkoorts & co. Shame on you. When the death of Anton Hammerl was reported in the Sowetan, all the black people expressed regret and sympathy for his family. Where is your humanity?

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 19:29

      Either way its not nice my employees arrived late because of thie ....they suffer I suffer and those injured cannot work .guarantee negligence and poor maintanance mechanical or otherwise caused this,,

      crackerr - 2011-05-25 14:51

      Play your misplaced BS somewhere else. Since when is the expression of condolences the equivalent of racial harmony and racial tit-for-tat? Black, white, whatever your race, we must not fall for such crap and guilt causing cheapness.

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