RAILWAY SAFETY REGULATOR CONDUCTS PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO THE ROODEPOORT TRAIN
The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) wishes to convey its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the passenger who lost his life when PRASA long distance train, Shosholoza Meyl, that was travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg collided with a Transnet Freight Rail train between Horizon and Princess stations in Roodepoort, Johannesburg at approximately 21h25 last night. Over and above the fatality, one passenger was critically injured and have been admitted to hospital while eight other passengers escaped with minor injuries. The Regulator wishes all the injured a speedy recovery.
The RSR is currently on the scene of the accident to conduct a pre-liminary investigation and can confirm that the passenger train collided with the rear-end of the goods train. Both trains were authorised by the Maraisburg Centralised Traffic Control (CTC). Furthermore, manual authorisation is currently being used as the working method for controlling train
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The RSR will release a statement on the preliminary findings into the collision within the next 48 hours.
As the custodian of railway safety in South Africa, the RSR requires that operators notify the Regulator telephonically within 15 minutes in the event of a serious occurrence. In line with Section 38 of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act, a team of inspectors is dispatched to the scene to conduct an onsite preliminary investigation.