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Truck in fatal collision with East London bound passenger train near Berlin

Apr 6, 2019
Truck in fatal collision with East London bound passenger train near Berlin

Train was travelling to East London when it collided with truck near Berlin, between King Williams Town and Mdantsane

East London - Police in East London have opened investigations and are appealing to the public for assistance with information that can help solve the investigation following a fatal collision between a truck and a passenger train in Berlin, between King William's Town and Mdantsane, on Friday afternoon.

"A tragic accident which claimed the lives of two men, aged 30, and left one seriously injured occurred between the Train and a Tip Truck, which was crossing a level crossing from a Municipal Dumping site on Friday afternoon in Berlin," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.

He said that according to the reports, the passenger train was enroute to East London when it collided with the truck, which was carrying mud-rocks.

"Both the train driver and his assistant died at the scene allegedly as a result of the collision."

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Brig Kinana said that during the accident, the 40-year-old truck driver also suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the nearest hospital for medical attention.

"Circumstances surrounding the actual cause of the accident are currently unknown, however a case of Culpable Homicide has been opened for investigation," he added.

The Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga,  also attended the scene of the accident and expressed her sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those involved in the accident.

"The names of the deceased persons cannot be revealed at this stage until the next of kin have been officially informed," Brig Kinana said.

"Anyone who has any information regarding the accident is kindly requested to contact Berlin Police Station at 043 685 22 33 / 77 or call 08 600 10 111."

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