TRAIN CRASH LEAVES THREE DEAD, 300 INJURED IN S. AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG, S. Africa, At least three people were killed and around 300 were left injured, when two Metrorail trains collided at Mountain View station in Pretoria, on Tuesday.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson, Charles Mabaso, said that, they were still at the scene searching for more bodies.

“We have three confirmed fatalities. We are waiting for the police to clear us to continue with the search,” Mabaso said, adding, the technical team is searching, using small cameras, to locate any additional bodies.

Mabaso said that the death toll might rise, as some people were still trapped in the wreckage.

“In terms of patients count, 300 patients have been transported to various hospitals within the city, of which 218 have light injuries and 82 with serious injuries,” he said.

It is believed, when the accident happened, one train was stationary and was hit by another train. Metrorail spokeswoman, Lillian Mofokeng said, the cause of the crash would be determined, when investigation is done.

Some have expressed concern about the frequent train accidents that occurred in recent months.

Three months ago, two Metrorail trains collided in Kempton Park, leaving scores of people injured. Also in Sept last year, two trains collided in Selby, injuring more than 100 people.

Source: NAM News Network