REPORT: Derailed Northern Cape train headed by PRASA’s Afro 4000 loco

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 19, 2015

A reported twelve passengers have been injured after a Shosholoza Meyl passenger train partially derailed near the small town of Modderrivier in the Northern Cape just before midnight on Tuesday.

According to Netwerk24, the train, which had been on-route from Johannesburg to Cape Town, left the tracks at 23h50 a short distance from a bridge crossing the Rietriver. It’s believed that the section of track was undergoing regular maintenance by Transnet, although the exact reason for the crash currently remains unknown.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said emergency workers found the train, which was reportedly being pulled by one of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, lying on its side near the tracks with passengers sitting around it.

He also confirmed that the injured were taken to a hospital in Kimberly for further treatment with no-one being seriously hurt.

 

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