Metrorail has blamed Elandsfontein train collision on cable theft.
Earlier today, two passenger trains collided in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg. It was reported that the accident left one person dead and many injured.
Confirming this, ER24 related that they and several other services arrived the scene and found numerous carriages of the trains leaning to their sides.
“Numerous passengers were found seated inside the train as well as walking around on the scene.
“Upon closer inspection, paramedics discovered that one of the drivers of the trains had sustained fatal injuries and showed no signs of life.
“Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the man and he was declared dead on the scene,” ER24 disclosed.
Also, Goodman Matamp Gauteng Metrorail acting provincial manager said:
“102 commuters are reportedly injured and taken to the OR Tambo Memorial, Tembisa, Arwyp, Edenvale, Rose Acres, Zamokuhle and Germiston Hospitals.
“The hospitals are currently giving medical care and treatment to the injured commuters,” Matamp added.
Meanwhile, the Fighters (EFF) pledged solidarity with the family and friends of the deceased and those injured by the Elandsfontein train collision.
Noting that Metrorail commuter rail service operator confirmed that train services between Pretoria and Johannesburg have been suspended, EFF related that an internal investigation is been conducted by Metrorail.
EFF also acknowledged that cable theft is the primary cause of the collision. With that, the party called for an immediate upgrade in the security of Metrorail
“It is unacceptable that the lives of commuters, whom in majority are Black, are at risk due to lack of security.
“This incident highlights the lack of precision and safety of Metrorail services; all the while compromising the lives of workers who are breadwinners of their households,” stated the Fighters.
Again, EFF expressed “heartfelt condolences” to the family of the deceased.
“May they be comforted during this hard time. We wish a speedy recovery to all those who are injured and hospitalised,” added the Fighters.