- At least 320 passengers have been confirmed to have suffered injuries when two trains collided at Van Riebeeck Park Station near Kempton Park
- 32 of those injuries were reported as serious but not critical while no fatalities have yet been reported
- The accident occurred on Thursday evening when one train smashed into the rear of a stationary second train
At least 320 passengers have been confirmed to have suffered injuries ranging from serious to minor after two trains collided at Van Riebeeck Park Station near Kempton Park, Gauteng on Thursday evening. No fatalities have been reported.
Authorities have confirmed that 32 of the 320 injuries were considered serious but not critical. Injured passengers and crew were taken to various hospitals around the province. Hundreds of emergency medical and technical personnel assisted injured passengers and crew at the scene.
Metrorail has announced that a full board of inquiry would be established to determine the exact cause of the accident. One train smashed into the rear of a second stationary train which is believed to have been stuck at the platform with mechanical trouble.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said Metrorail and PRASA would be working hand-in-hand with other authorities and experts to determine the root cause of the crash.
Officials confirmed that medical and technical teams were still at the scene looking for more injured persons while cleaning operations started.
News24.com reported that Mofokeng said Metrorail technicians and employees were currently working towards clearing the site of the accident in order to restore normal operations.
The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has criticised Metrorail for the accident and called on the department of transport to suspend all Metrorail services in Gauteng. UNTU said it had made various warnings about passenger safety in recent months.
The union said in a statement that it had warned the minister of transport, Blade Nzimande that Metrorail trains were death-traps and a potential disaster was looming.
Twitter users have joined UNTU’s calls for Metrorail’s services to be suspended until it could provide a safe and reliable service to passengers.
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