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Gautrain management working to get services back on track

Services were disrupted today when a truck driver lost control and collided into a wall bordering the tracks.

Gautrain bus. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gautrain Management Agency said they will be working throughout the weekend to repair a railway line damaged by a cement truck.

Services were disrupted between Pretoria and Hatfield this morning when a truck driver lost control and collided into a wall bordering the tracks.

Gautrain's CEO Jack van der Merwe said the driver's coach was slightly damaged during the accident.

"We're going to work right through the weekend, trying to get everything up and running so that we can have the normal peak periods on Monday morning running on full service from Hatfield through to Park."

Van der Merwe has applauded the driver for her quick reaction.

He said buses will be provided to cater for commuters between Hatfield and the Pretoria CBD until trains services resume.

"We may need the whole day to clean up the track and to check the power, so we're running buses from Pretoria Station to Hatfield Station."

Tshwane Emergency Services say they driver lost control of the truck shortly before the crash.

He remained trapped inside the vehicle for up to 30 minutes.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse said the driver is in a critical condition.

"We had to use Jaws of Life to extricate the patient. He's critically injured and was transferred to a nearby hospital. The train services has been stopped, I believe that they must recover the vehicle down there and then Prasa and Gautrain obviously will open that specific line in that area."