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Metrorail's 24-hour nightmare

At least three people were killed on Metrorail lines and a train set alight in the last 24 hours.

At least three people were killed on Metrorail lines and a train set alight in the last 24 hours.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail in the Western Cape has described the past 24 hours as a nightmare.

A man was killed when he was struck by a train at the Retreat station on Tuesday afternoon, leaving trains on the southern line delayed.

On Monday a man was killed in a similar incident at the Kraaifontein station, while a homeless man was electrocuted and died at the Cape Town station.

Two train coaches were set alight at the Huguenot railway station in the Boland, causing massive delays.

Meanwhile, Metrorail's Mthuthuzeli Swartz said to make matters worse, trains on the northern line were also running late due to Transnet maintenance work.

"Our system is already under pressure and all of these problems turned this into a day [from] hell. It compromised our service in a very big way."