Cape trains collide

2012-06-19 20:17

Johannesburg - A train en-route to Malmesbury from Cape Town collided with a stationary goods train near Fisantekraal, Durbanville, on Tuesday afternoon, Cape Town's disaster management centre said.

"From preliminary reports it appears that the train was carrying 300 passengers, and at this stage it is unclear how many people sustained injuries," the centre said in a statement.

The collision happened around 17:15.

Disaster and emergency personnel were sent to the scene.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-06-19 20:25


      Squeegee - 2012-06-19 20:39

      More than an hour later and no update...

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 20:35

    How on earth did that happen? A fault on the line or somebody not doing their job?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-19 20:39

      Exactly, I fail to understand how a disaster of this calibre can still happen in the year 2012. It must be ANC incompetence.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-19 20:46

      Or cable theft that resulted in signal failure.

  • Henk - 2012-06-19 20:40

    This is what happens if you make shunters managers because of BEE

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-19 20:47

      They were never shunters. Mostly shovelers.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-19 20:47

      My granpa died in a shunting accident - and that happened WAY before BEE

  • Taetjo - 2012-06-19 20:40

    Oh my...!

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-19 20:55

    oh I know what happnd, Izinyoka stole cables!! Wtf pplz life bcoz of mismangmnt

  • sara.vankuik - 2012-06-19 20:55

    Accident happened at 17h15 according to reports - why then did residents in Durbanville only hear the sirens screaming to the scene more than 2 hours later - and why have we not been updated on what actually happened and how many people have been injured - if the train was supposed to be carrying 300 passengers there must be many family's waiting to hear news!!

  • franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-06-19 21:17

    geez,train collisions are never pretty,we can only hope there wernt many serious injuries.

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-06-19 23:02

    Trains should be installed with radars like aeroplanes!

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-06-20 09:13

    How useless of a controller do you have to be to allow trains to crash on that line?!

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-20 16:18

    anCaner, same problem around the whole problem!

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