Man killed as truck crashes onto Gautrain track

2016-04-20 16:41

Johannesburg - A man was killed and another injured when a truck crashed through a barrier and landed on the Gautrain track in Pretoria on Wednesday, Tshwane emergency services said.

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"It came down a steep hill on Berea Street, crashed through the Gautrain barriers, the huge thick, cement barriers, and ended up on the Gautrain line," spokesperson Johan Pieterse said.

"The fall is about seven to eight metres from the road to the line."

A passenger in the truck was killed. The driver was injured and taken to hospital.

"The driver was trapped in the vehicle... We had to use the Jaws-of-Life. It was quite a lengthy rescue operation just to extricate the body from the wreckage."

The truck was carrying building rubble.

Pieterse said that no train was involved in the accident. 

Heavy delays were expected on the Gautrain.

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