Too early to say what caused Joburg train crash: Metrorail

2015-07-17 21:17
(Arrive Alive via Twitter)

(Arrive Alive via Twitter)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - It is too early to say what caused the train crash near the Booysens station in Johannesburg on Friday night, in which more than 100 people were injured, Metrorail said.

"It is too early for us now to say what really caused the accident... but I am sure as the night goes on we will be able to give an update," spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng told News24.

"We've got about 150 people reportedly injured. No fatalities or critical injuries reported yet."

She said the priority was attending to the injured commuters and getting others who were on the train to their destinations.

The accident has affected other stations and commuters, but Metrorail said it was providing alternative transport.

"The accident happened around 18:00, which is well within our peak period and there are other trains behind these ones," Mofokeng said.

"We want to ask commuters to be patient and bear with us as we are arranging alternative transport for them so that they can go to their destinations."

All emergency services were on the scene helping with injured commuters.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said, according to unconfirmed reports, two trains collided, causing one of them to partially overturn.

"Patients were found all over the scene with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

"Once the patients had been triaged and treated on scene, they will be transported to various hospitals for urgent medical treatment," he said.

The cause of the accident would be subject to a police investigation.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  accidents
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Most Read
News In Your Area
Top Lifestyle
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.