Two train collisions in space of one week
January 09, 2018
Germiston, South Africa: A collision between two Metrorail trains at the Geldenhuys station Metrorail trains at the Geldenhuys station in Germiston on Tuesday (January 09, 2018) has left around 200 people injured.
Chairperson of the RSR is expected to update the media on the preliminary findings of the RSR’s investigations into the level crossing accident and the status of the collision between two Metrorail trains occurred today (January 09, 2018) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) said in statement a total number of a total number of 226 injuries were reported from today's collision- 159 minor and 67 moderate injuries. Crew members from the train sustained minor injuries.
The collision happened at approximately 08h20. The RSR also stated that human error could be possible for the collision.
“On this particular section, trains had to be manually authorized by the Train Control Officials since the normal signalling system was not available due to problems associated with signal cables.
“Train 4317 was manually authorized to enter a platform at Geldenhuys station. Immediately after entering the station the train failed as a result of a technical problem and first line responders were requested to assist with the technical problems.
“While Train 4317 was stationary at the platform, Train 0723 was authorized to enter the station. Information received from the RSR inspectors indicate human error can be attributed to the Train 0723 being authorised into the same platform, which subsequently resulted in a rear-end collision, “ said RSR.
Update on preliminary findings
The RSR confirmed that investigations into the collision that took place on January 04, 2018 between a Shosholoza Meyl train and a truck at the Geneva level crossing in the Free State Province have been concluded.
Findings disclosed that the incident was caused by a collision between a truck and a Shosholoza Meyl train at the Geneva level crossing. They also indicated that the driver of the truck tested negative for alcohol.
The death toll on the Shoshooza Meyl train crash still remains at 18.
On the day of the event, after the collision occurred, five coaches caught fire resulting in the derailment of the train.
The Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi has also instructed the RSR to institute a Board of Inquiry to identify the root cause of the occurrence, identify the source of the fire and to provide recommendations with a view of preventing similar occurrences.