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Makhura concerned about frequency of train crashes

Gauteng premier David Makhura. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Gauteng premier David Makhura. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The Gauteng provincial government on Sunday expressed concern about the frequency of train accidents, following a collision on Friday night which left 239 people injured.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura wished the Metrorail commuters, most of whom were discharged from hospital, a speedy recovery.

“We are very concerned with the frequency of accidents on our trains,” Makhura said.

“These accidents should be avoided at all cost and we urge PRASA [Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa] to take all necessary precautions to ensure that passengers reach their destinations safely and alive.”

The scene following the crash. Pic: Netcare911

The scene following the crash. Pic: Netcare911

Makhura said 28 people were still hospitalised after the crash which saw one train collide into the back of a stationary train between the Booysens and Crown Mines stations.

Both trains were headed for Soweto.

In April, a Metrorail security guard was killed and 240 people injured when two trains collided at the Denver train station during the morning peak in Johannesburg.

 

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