Train derails in Soweto

2013-01-08 17:17

Johannesburg - Eight people received medical treatment after a train derailed in Soweto on Tuesday, but there were conflicting reports about what had happened to them.

While Johannesburg emergency services said they were treated for injuries sustained when they jumped from the train, Metrorail said they were treated for shock.

The train derailed between the New Canada and Crown Mines railway stations on Tuesday afternoon.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the eight passengers jumped off the train when they saw smoke and thought it was on fire.

He said one person was critically injured and seven sustained minor knee injuries. They were treated at the scene before being taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

However, Metrorail provincial manager Thembela Khulu said no one had jumped from the train and that the passengers had been "treated for shock".

"... There are no physical injuries," she said.

Khulu said the smoke seen by passengers was from a grass-fire alongside the railway tracks.

She said the cause of the derailment was not yet known.

"We don't know at the present moment. Technicians are on the site as we speak. It is not something major."

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2013-01-08 17:31

    Not something major.... Hahaha. As if Trains derail everyday.

      abstegmann - 2013-01-08 19:17

      They are so stupid. Its so frustrating

  • dunbabr - 2013-01-08 17:43

    That's seems like quite the lie from Metrorail...

  • ernest.lwandle - 2013-01-08 17:51

    Thembela khulu said no one had jumped from the train,Robert mulaudzi said eight passengers jumped off the train,cANCer mentallity is spreading like a virus,dont!ask dont!tell.

      sifiso.langa.1042 - 2013-01-08 18:54

      Where does anc comes in this train story just asking ernst

      ernest.lwandle - 2013-01-08 19:22

      If u can read my last words mfo ka Langa,dont!ask,dont!tell thats the anc of today not the one we use to know and vote for.

  • Phillip Easterbrook - 2013-01-08 17:58

    So obvious its a major covered up by Metro Rail thats for sure!

      Raquel Ferreira - 2013-01-08 18:36


  • mikeangell61 - 2013-01-08 18:40

    Metrorail provincial manager Thembela Khulu ,Oh YES We Believe You!!!!!

  • scouter.fourone - 2013-01-08 18:41

    Welcome to the real world everyone - not an easy place to survive in, on reflection....

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-08 18:41

    Always on the news for bad service,train operators killings,coach on fire,late trains toll free out of service

  • Matowane Malape - 2013-01-08 18:56

    metro rail tracks r nt on a good standard.they hv 2 attend 2 dt b4 major derailments occur.Its a wake up call 2 metro they need 2 take a cruz look on dt

  • neville.watson.94 - 2013-01-08 18:58

    That is when you appoint a taxi driver to drive a train

      wonderboy.ngubeni - 2013-01-08 21:18

      Are you bloody stupid?

  • charlotte.j.hamilton.7 - 2013-01-08 20:48

    Maybe someone stole the rails for scrap metal.

  • Tuyez - 2013-01-08 22:52

    I think the train derail because of the apartheid. We are the nation that is deeply hurt by it and we had even forget what we have been put in power for. We have to bigger than our positions to fight apartheid. I do not want to mention people they nothing but our brain washer voters. Who cares about potholes rails and any public infrastructure. People want to see black leaders with fat heads remind them about the gap between white and blacks and dashing that with apartheid. Thats all people want to vote.

  • deon.boshoff - 2013-01-09 07:02

    Ignorance is Metrorail's best stratergy.

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