Govt wish commuters speedy recovery

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pretoria - The South African Government has wished hundreds of train commuters injured in a train collision in Soweto on Thursday, a speedy recovery.

"We wish commuters injured in the accident a speedy recovery and express our gratitude to the Johannesburg Emergency Services for their quick response in assisting the injured," Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said in a statement on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is investigating the passenger train collision. A team of the RSR's inspectors were at the scene of the collision which took place at approximately 5.50 pm.

The accident happened when a Metrorail train, travelling from Mzimhlophe Station towards Phomolong station in Orlando, collided with a stationary Soweto Business Express train.

The collision resulted in 857 people being injured. No fatalities have been reported. The injured were assisted by emergency services at the scene while others were taken to nearby hospitals.

Commuters using the Soweto Business Express 2 will be greatly affected as the train will be out of operation until further notice. They are requested to make alternative arrangements.

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