3 killed, 600 injured in horrific Pretoria train collision
At least three people have been confirmed dead and over 600 were injured in a horrifying Tuesday collision involving two passenger trains in Pretoria, South Africa.
About 800 people were on board the trains at the time of the crash. Emergency services are working at the scene to free the remaining passengers, and an investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.
Metrorail says it takes full responsibility for a train collision.
Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says the trains, which were travelling from Mabopane to the city center, were on the same track when the accident happened.
Train services between Mabopane and Pretoria would remain suspended until further notice, he added.
The estimated financial cost of Tuesday’s Pretoria train collision amounts to R21 million, Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said.
Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, is set to visit the scene at the Mountainview Train Station.
Nzimande is expected to be joined by the leadership of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR).