Steven Tau
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26 Oct 2015
7:47 am

Commuters jump off train with a bang

Steven Tau

The cause of Friday night’s train incident which left several commuters injured near the Mid-Ennerdale train station, is still being investigated, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said yesterday.

One of the Prasa newly aquired AFRO4000 locomotives at the Pretoria Central Station on 13 July 2015. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Speaking to The Citizen, Prasa spokesperson Lesedi Mapheto said the incident, which saw commuters jumping off the train which was in motion at the time, occured at about 7pm.

“Commuters heard a loud bang and that is when they decided to jump off. At the time, the train was not moving at a high speed, because as soon as the train conductor heard the noise, he applied an emergency caution.”

He said a total of 82 people were rushed to hospital for observation and treatment. “Of that figure, only six remained in hospital on Friday after they sustained minor injuries to their legs. “As Prasa, we want to emphasise it was not a train accident but a train incident where there was an electric spark,” Mapheto said.

“We want to apologise to commuters and will work hard to prevent incidents of this nature in future.

“Our team of experts are working on the train in question to establish what the exact cause of the incident was,” Mapheto added.

The spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency services, Robert Mulaudzi, confirmed the electrical spark was the cause of the loud bang.