An injured driver, who had been in control of one of the two trains during the Mountain View incident, was dismissed.
According to a statement made by the United National Transport Union (Untu), the driver’s employer — the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) — requested its worker to report on the accident and write a letter why the organization should not fire him for the alleged gross misconduct.
The request came when the driver was receiving medical treatment. He has not responded to the notice as he has not fully recovered from the traumas yet. 72 hours after the first note Prasa sent him another one, informing that the specialist was fired ‘due to the seriousness of the matter’.
The crash, happened in early January, took place at the Mountain View station, Gauteng. Two trains collided leaving a death toll of three. In addition, over 100 people were injured and transferred to the local hospitals.