Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula insists on a full-fledged investigation into the matter of West Rand Wednesday’s accident involving two trains that collided at Roodepoort station killing 1 and severely injuring 4 others.
A Premier Classe passenger train, which is operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), collided with a stationary Transnet goods train between Roodepoort and Horizon View station at 21:53 on Wednesday.
The passenger train had 31 people on board including 14 staff members.
Minister for Transport on Thursday expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and wished the injured a full recovery.
He welcomed a police probe and other investigative efforts. his spokesperson Ayanda-Allie Paine said.
“Minister Mbalula has expressed full confidence that the Administrator, working with relevant authorities, will find the cause and devise strategies to minimise similar occurrences in future,” Mbalula’s spokesperson Ayanda-Allie Paine said.
Due to a complete standstill of the railway line, all the commuters would be provided with alternative means of public transportation to reach their respective destinations.
■ Joburg to Randfontein
due to the train collision at Horison, no trains are running between Randfontein and Roodepoort, the line is expected to be operational again by Saturday.
Trains are running between Roodepoort and Joburg.
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