Prasa: Too soon to assign blame for Denver accident
But CEO Lucky Montana says certain protocols were not followed by one of the drivers involved.
JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it's too early to blame anyone for yesterday's train collision at the Denver Station, but does say certain protocols were not followed by one of the drivers involved.
A Tshwane Business Express train crashed into the back of a stationary Metro Plus train, resulting in one fatality and 240 injuries.
The driver of the Business Express is now fighting for her life in hospital.
Prasa group CEO Lucky Montana says there are certain things that the driver didn't do, or didn't do right, but says this just may be one of the contributing factors and not the cause of the accident.
She's currently in hospital after sustaining serious injuries. Montana says the driver has an impeccable record and recently received a 10-year safety award.
Preliminary findings show that there was no signal failure when the accident happened, but a thorough investigation is currently underway to determine exactly what went wrong.
[LISTEN] The scene at Denver station after the incident
Meanwhile, commuters involved in the crash have been encouraged to go to the Park and Pretoria Stations where assistance will be offered.
Many Gauteng residents won't be able to use the same public transport system to get to work as the Denver line has been closed following the crash.
Shuttles have been made available to assist commuters, but it could take some time to reopen the section where the crash occurred.
Montana says they are making themselves available to all who still may need medical assistance.
"For the many people with minor injuries, they don't need any lawyer. They can come directly to Park Station or Pretoria Station, where there is a walk-in facility that we created."
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the accident was unprecedented and a full investigation would take place. But she emphasised the fact that trains were in the process of being modernised to avoid such collisions.