Fatal Train Collision In Mountain View Pretoria

Fatal Train Collision In Mountain View Pretoria

In 2016-17, 495 people were killed on the country's railways according to the Railway Safety Regulator - an increase of eight per cent on the previous year.

Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says the trains, which were travelling from Mabopane to the city centre, were on the same track when the accident happened.

Jacaranda News reported a second fatality soon afterwards, and the official account for Emergency Rescue 24 has since confirmed a third.

As well as the four fatalities, two patients have been described as being in a critical condition.

The scene of the train crash at Wolemerton train station in Pretoria on 8 January 2019. "It is confirmed that 4 people have passed on, our heartfelt condolences to the families", he tweeted.

The number of people injured has risen since this morning's first reports. Netcare911 - another emergency medical service - stated that one person had to be airlifted for treatment, but numerous hundreds of injuries range from "mild to moderate".

"Approximately another 200 patients sustained minor injuries", Herbst said.

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Another 300 people were hurt, with 82 sustaining serious injuries.

The two trains smashed into eachother in Pretoria, the capital.

"If it's found that there's been negligence, a charge of culpable homicide might be opened", Masha said.

Details regarding what lead to the crash are still sketchy, and we're still trying to establish the cause of this awful accident on the railway.

The crash was so powerful, both trains were left derailed by the smash.

"Unfortunately one was stationary on the platform when the other one hit it at the back", said Mofokeng.

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