Runaway locomotive kills train driver, injures another

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A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train. (Twitter)
A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train. (Twitter)

Cape Town - A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames, killing one train driver and critically injuring another, a trade union said on Friday.

Train drivers Alexander Flemming and Jan Swanepoel, and train assistant Neo Jason Witkoei, were on their way from Rosmead in the Eastern Cape, to Kimberley in the Northern Cape, on Thursday, United National Transport Union (Untu) general secretary Steve Harris said.

They had been waiting for about five minutes at a signal for the go-ahead from the train controller. Suddenly, they saw the locomotive bearing down on them at high speed from the Noupoort direction.

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