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Faulty wiring in signaling system caused JHB train crash

A train waiting at a red signal was hit by another which travelled through a yellow signal on the same line.

FILE: More than 100 people were injured when two trains crashed near the Booysens Train Station in Johannesburg. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) on Monday said faulty wiring in the signaling system caused the crash between two trains between the Booysens and Crown stations last week.

More than 200 people were injured when a train waiting at a red signal was hit from behind by another which travelled through a yellow signal on the same line.

The regulator said the yellow signal should have turned red.

Spokesperson Babalwa Mpendu said, "Since the accident, the RSR has tested the lines and we'll also be carrying out a number of assessments on most of the lines in that area to ensure that the trains are operating normally."

Commuters have said they feel unsafe on trains and are angry that their complaints in the past have been ignored.

Some commuters are adamant that they are not getting on another Metrorail train again.

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