Preliminary investigation into Kroonstad crash nearing end – Railway Safety Regulator

2018-01-08 20:19
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Johannesburg – A preliminary investigation into the deadly truck and train crash near Kroonstad on Thursday morning will be finalised during the course of the week, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) said on Monday afternoon. 

RSR spokesperson Madelein Williams said the report was due to be released on Monday, but certain details were still outstanding. 

"[We] expect to release it before the end of the week," Williams said. 

Nineteen people died in the crash on Thursday morning when a truck collided with a Shosholoza Meyl passenger train. 

ER24's Russel Meiring said a fire which broke out in one of the carriages spread to other carriages and injured several passengers. 

Following the incident, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi blamed the truck driver for the tragedy, saying "he was taking chances". 

"He thought he was going to pass through," Maswanganyi said at a briefing held at the accident scene. 

"Little did he know that the train was going to hit him, [which] has cost many lives."

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele confirmed to News24 that a culpable homicide case had been opened, but that no one had been arrested yet.

"That will depend on the investigation," Makhele explained.

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