Thursday, 31 January 2013

Rescue vehicles rush to train accident scene


Two passenger trains collided at Kalafong station in Pretoria. (@MedixGauteng via Twitter)

Cape Town - Around 17 rescue vehicles are on the scene of a train accident in Pretoria, while a helicopter has been dispatched to help the critically injured driver still trapped inside.

Two passenger trains collided at Kalafong station on Thursday morning.

Around 20 people were injured in the collision, Metrorail’s spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng told News24, with Chris Botha of Netcare 911 estimating the number at closer to 70.

"Reports from the scene are that the trains collided at around 07:20 near Church Street in Pretoria. Both trains derailed," Botha said.

Emergency personnel were working to free a trapped driver, Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse told eNCA.

"At this moment we are unsure if the driver is still alive," Mofokeng told News24.

The line between Cor Delfos and Saulsville has been closed due to the accident

- News24

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