Luxury travel service Premier Classe (operated by PRASA) saw one of their trains collide with a Transnet goods locomotive on Wednesday night, between Roodepoort and Horizon Station in the west of Johannesburg . Investigators are baffled as to what happened, but the fatal crash has caused multiple injuries and one confirmed fatality.
Roodepoort train crash latest – what we know so far
The passenger train was a service between Cape Town and Johannesburg and the carriage had departed the Mother City late on Tuesday. Approaching its final destination, the Premier Classe train encountered a collision with the freight vehicle. The train derailed, and four passengers are now receiving emergency medical treatment.
Horizon train station near Roodepoort pic.twitter.com/OBVqL8DXw9
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PRASA and Transnet collide in Roodepoort
Some Metrorail services will also be out of action on the region for large parts of Thursday: No trains are running between Randfontein and Roodepoort, with the line only expected to be operational again by Saturday.
Premier Classe confirm rail routes affected
Premier Classe issued a statement on Wednesday night. They confirmed the basic details, revealing that one airlifted passenger unfortunately succumbed to their injuries en-route to the hospital near Roodepoort. Another adult female required advanced life support intervention in the chopper to stabilise her.
“The Premier Classe passenger train departed Cape Town on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 with 36 passengers (five passengers disembarked in Kimberley,leaving 31 passengers on board). There were 14 staff members.”
“Preliminary reports regarding injuries are that approximately four passengers have been injured and taken to Krugersdorp hospital. One passenger was airlifted to Millpark Hospital near Roodepoort, and there was and one unfortunate fatality.”
“Metrorail services will be affected along the Randfontein to Johannesburg lines with commuters advised to make alternative transport arrangements.”
Premier Classe statement
Main Line Passenger Services management wishes to express our heartfelt apologies to the guests and staff.
All necessary measures will be put in place to provide full support to the guests and staff involved in the accident.
— Premier Classe Train (@Premier_Classe1) February 12, 2020