Johannesburg – Metrorail said on Tuesday it would begin an investigation into the cause of the accident that left more than 200 people injured when two passenger trains collided at the Geldenhuis station in Germiston, east of Johannesburg.
Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng said a passenger train collided from behind with a stationary train early on Tuesday during the peak period, which caused the closure of a railway line even though the station is operational.
"This morning, at approximately 07:45, two Metrorail commuter trains collided at Geldenhuis Station, east of Johannesburg, these trains were traveling on the same line to Springs from Johannesburg," Mofokeng said.
"What happened is that a train was stationed at the Geldenhuis station when the other train simply followed it in. I did not know the details of exactly what could have caused that and we are going to set up the investigation board to help us understand what it could have done. have happened and caused this unfortunate accident "
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Mofokeng said there were initial reports that the theft of cable could have been the cause of the accident, but said that Metrorail will investigate all possible scenarios as there was no evidence to support claims that the wire theft could be directly related to the accident.
"Since then, we've learned that it was not necessarily the problem, so we're trying to get to the bottom of what could have happened," Mofokeng said.
"We will have a report immediately after dealing with the cleanup of injured patients, emergency services are in place serving the 226 injured passengers, 67 are moderate injuries, while 159 are minor injuries."
Mofokeng said that at this time, the trains running between Johannesburg and Germiston are running on a single line with 60 minutes of experienced delays
Meanwhile, families of 19 people who died in a train crash and trucks last week in Kroonstaad, Free State, will begin to identify the bodies of the victims.
A Shosholoza Meyl passenger train traveling to Johannesburg derailed after it crashed into a truck at a railroad crossing on Thursday last week.
Metrorail has also set up a walk-in center at its headquarters, Umjantshi House in Braamfontein near Park Station to help travelers who were involved in the Kroonstaad train accident.
African News Agency / ANA