Mountain View train collision

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Mountain View train collision
Details
Date8 January 2019
LocationMountain View station, Pretoria
CountrySouth Africa
Incident TypeHead-on collision
Statistics
Trains2
Passengers800
Deaths4
Injuries620

The Mountain View train collision occurred on 8 January 2019 when two passenger trains collided at Mountain View station, Pretoria, South Africa. Four people were killed and more than 600 others were injured.

Accident[edit]

The accident occurred at about 09:30 on 8 January 2019 when two passenger trains were involved in a collision at Mountain View station, Pretoria, South Africa.[1] It is unclear whether the accident was a head-on collision,[2] or a rear-end collision.[1] There were over 800 passengers on the two trains- Four people were killed and more than 620 were injured. Almost all of the injured sustained minor injuries, with some moderately injured.[3] Two critically injured victims were airlifted to hospital.[2] Many people were trapped in the wreckage, and fears were expressed that the casualty toll would grow as recovery operations took place.[3]

Investigation[edit]

An investigation was opened into the accident.[3] Vandalism and cable theft were suggested as causes for the accident.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Heiberg, Tanisha. "Pretoria train crash: At least three people killed and hundreds injured in South Africa capital". The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Drewett, Zoe. "Two dead and 200 injured after trains crash head-on in South Africa". Metro. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Thom, Liezl. "4 killed, hundreds injured in rush hour train crash in South Africa". ABC News. Retrieved 9 January 2019.