Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said: “Hundred and fifty-nine are taken to various hospitals for treatment and I must emphasize that there are moderate injuries. We do not have any critical or serious injuries. No fatalities have since been reported.” However, this is the second train crash in a week in this country. Both trains had passengers on board and were headed for Springs in the east of Gauteng.
One of the trains was authorised to be stationary there and it was waiting for a manual signal for it to leave the station. One of the carriages had derailed, but had not overturned. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear but authorities were on the scene and investigating, South Africa has the continent’s largest railway network, but it has been plagued by mismanagement and under-investment. In the 2016/17 financial year, 495 people lost their lives on the country’s railways and 2,079 were injured. The death toll was up 5 percent from the previous year.