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South Africa New Year: Train derails, 15 injuries


JOHANNESBURG: (By Nina Maria)— New Year 2014 saw first train derailment tragedy when a train bound from Pretoria to Johannesburg went out of track claiming 15 people injuries on Friday (January 3).

Ekhurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi told The South Africa News that lives of two passengers seriously wounded were in danger. He said that derailment came after 07:00 on morning. However, he clarified that reason behind the derailment was yet to be ascertained.

According to sources, government has not made better arrangements to prevent such incidents, hence ratio is on rise.

Date revealed that a commuters train jumped out of track when collided a freight train in the town of Charlotte’s Dale, on 6 February 2002. Another collision took place when the Shosholoza Meyl Trans Karoo express ran over the stationary Blue Train at a crossing loop at Deelfontein in October 2005.

A train crash at Railway crossing convulsed everyone after a Metrorail train hit hard with a truck idling on an uncontrolled level crossing outside Cape Town, on 13 November 2006.

On 25 August 2010, a Metrorail commuter train collided into a minibus taxi on the Buttskop Road level crossing in South Africa.  Another level crossing accident took place on 13 July 2012, when a Witbank to Maputo coal train crashed into a truck on a controlled level crossing near Mpumalanga.

Horrendous Pretoria train tragedy occurred on 21 April 2010 when a train of carriages went out of track at Pretoria. Three people got killed and seven were wounded.

On November 2013, train crash at Durban led three deaths. The incident happened near North Coast and Mimosa Road in Greenwood Park.

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One Response to South Africa New Year: Train derails, 15 injuries

  1. sandile

    January 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    15 hurt as Joburg-bound train derails
    2014-01-03 09:25

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    Johannesburg -  Fifteen people were injured when a train travelling from Pretoria to Johannesburg derailed, Ekhurhuleni emergency services said on Friday.

    “Two of the people have been seriously injured. The other 13 have minor injuries,” said spokesperson William Ntladi.

    He said a locomotive and passenger carriage derailed just after 07:00 on Friday morning.

    All the injured, including the driver and his assistant, were taken to various hospitals.

    The cause of the derailment was not yet known, said Ntladi.

    - SAPA
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