One person has been killed and as many as 100 others wounded on the train line between Tembisa and Kaalfontein.
This comes after two trains collided with each other on the Tembisa line near Kaalfontein‚ east of Johannesburg this afternoon.
Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng, who spoke at the scene of the train collision, confirmed that one person died and over 100 injured. Inspection report at the scene further indicates that the unlucky traveler died after his body got trapped inside the wreckage of the train.
Survivor Of Tembisa Train Crash Speaks
According to a survivor, the head-on collision took place after the train from Tembisa, which was on the wrong line, crashed into the other.
“The train from Tembisa was traveling on the wrong side, it stopped and hooted; that’s when I heard a loud bang. I fainted and when I came to, I heard a loud noise and something hit me on the head,” the survivor disclosed.
Meanwhile, reports said the over 150 people are being treated of minor to moderate injuries and would be transported to Tembisa hospital and nearby medical facilities.
The emergency medical service also stated that emergency services would be on scene for some time due to the number of patients on the scene. Additional ambulances and Advanced Life Support vehicles have also been dispatched to the scene.
Netcare 911’s Chris Botha, who spoke to reporters said it would take the department a day to clear the crash site.
The East Rand train route is one of the busiest in Gauteng and carries thousands of commuters traveling between Ekurhuleni and Tshwane and Johannesburg each day.