According to EWN a train crash in Mountainview, northwest of Pretoria has resulted in multiple fatalities and hundreds of injuries
On the scene of this morning's train accident at the Mountain View Station. It is confirmed that 4 people have passed on, our heartfelt condolences to the families. pic.twitter.com/wjm451Z2jI
— Solly Msimanga (@SollyMsimanga) January 8, 2019
The scene of the Mountain View Pretoria train crash. Hundreds injured. pic.twitter.com/EdoaMIMEqT
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) January 8, 2019
#PTAtraincrash HALO 1 & 7 Trauma Teams on scene of train crash with multiple casualties. #makingadifference @ewnupdates @JacaNews @News24 @FatalMoves @GautengEMS @GautengHealth @gpdrt_ pic.twitter.com/Nc59GeSMXJ
— HALO AVIATION (@HALO_Aviation) January 8, 2019
Last year also saw a train crash at the Eloff extension in Selby, south of Johannesburg, which left 112 people injured.
According to News24 a preliminary report found that the cause was human error – the train control officer told the train going Naledi it could proceed to Crown station, and then a few minutes later told another train it could use the same line.
Right now I can only hope that rescue personel save as many lives as possible, but once they’ve done that, there needs to be some investigation into the cause of this in order to prevent this happening again.